BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There was a dramatic rescue in Buffalo overnight, when children were saved from a raging house fire. Two people were hurt, including a Buffalo firefighter. All of this, as a family showed tremendous courage in trying to save children from the smoke and flames.
This wasn't your typical early morning fire. Andre Donaldson described what happened after the fire started, and took over the second floor apartment on Selkirk Street in South Buffalo.
Donaldson said, “After the fire broke out one of the ladies upstairs jumped out of the window, fell down to the ground, got up, caught one of her kids, then ran back upstairs. Then as she tossed kids to my other brother, he caught some.”
Thats not all. Donaldson, who lived in the downstairs apartment, says the mother had four children, two of them were babies. He says she was injured, but also managed to pull some of her children who were on the stairs out of the home safely.
Donaldson said, “She’s a brave mother for jumping out of the window and grabbing her kids. I'm glad everyone is safe and no one died.”
Buffalo Fire Division Chief Don McFeely says the woman went to ECMC with a broken bone.
A firefighter was also injured. McFeely said, “We had one firefighter go to the hospital with an injured shoulder.”
After the sun came up Wednesday, the air still smelled like smoke at the scene. The next door neighbors cleaned up debris that overflowed onto their property. The Red Cross is assisting, they say they are helping eight people who lived in the home.
Fire officials say at first flames were just on the outside wall, but eventually spread into the apartment.
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