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Cobb County authorities have charged a man with arson after a fire sends two people to the hospital and destroys a building with 10 homes.
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MARIETTA, Ga -- Cobb County authorities have charged a man with arson after a fire sent two people to the hospital and destroyed a building with 10 homes.

Authorities have charged 34-year-old Steven Patrick Fuller with arson in connection with the fire in the Bentley Ridge subdivision.

Residents of the subdivision are praising a few people for their heroism.

About 8:30a.m. Friday morning, a few residents discovered the burning building and called 911.

Cobb County firefighters arrived and helped rescue a couple of the residents who were trapped because of fire and smoke.

"They're currently pulling somebody out of the window, saving somebody," said Casey White's voice as he captured this scene on his phone a scene with firefighters battling a blaze at his condominium complex.

"We saw a victim screaming," said firefighter Mitchell Wasserman as he and his colleagues started going deeper into the burning building with fire hoses.

They saw a woman in a second story window screaming for help.

"She was a little frantic at first. The biggest concern for us was that she was going to be unconscious due to smoke inhalation," said Wasserman.

Wasserman, just seven month on the job, saved the woman's life.

She and another resident with burn injuries were taken to a hospital and expected to recover.

"They (the firefighters) went right back in. I could hear them shattering glass and the whole deal and smoke coming out. It was incredible. Great job," said White, who continued to watch and record the scene.

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Firefighters kept flames from spreading beyond the one building.

The rookie firefighter, Wasserman, wasn't the only one garnering praise. Many of the residents praised Mary Whatley for alerting them to the blaze.

"My mother wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," said June Kirton, whose 93-year old-mother, Lucy Medley, escaped the fire without injuries.

"I went around and banged on everyone's door," said Whatley who lives next door to the building that burned.

"She saved my mother. She's an angel," said Kirton.

Two people were transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Fuller is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The American Red Cross is helping the residents find temporary housing.

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