Heroic witnesses help women and children survive apartment fire – WSB Atlanta
An apartment fire prompted six people, including a pregnant woman and young children, to jump out a third-story window. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke to people who were at the Garden Walk Apartments Saturday, where the fire destroyed several units. Â Many people could have been hurt or killed if it weren’t for heroic actions by a couple of witnesses. Â Some of the victims jumped from the top floor on the front side that’s only one floor down, but on the back side, women and children jumped from the third-story level. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A mother and two young girls were loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital to get checked out. They nodded when Ghelbach asked if they were going to be OK. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Another woman, who is eight months pregnant, also jumped from the top floor. Â A man visiting the complex with his younger brother heard the screams for help and came to the rescue. The women and kids were trapped with flames blocking the center stairway. He says the pregnant woman jumped first, right on top of them, but they helped cushion the fall. Then it took some coaxing to convince the two girls to jump down into their arms. Â “So we actually caught the kids, then once the kids were down got the mother to jump down,” witness Paris Heard said. â€œShe was the last one to jump. Once we got all of them down, we got all of them over to the side.” Â The fire department says all the injuries are non-life-threatening. The two girls were not hurt. Â The American Red Cross was helping at least 10 displaced families and fire investigators will get inside the building Saturday morning to look into how the blaze started.