Ten people in Port Jervis, New York, were rescued from a house fire after they were forced to plummet from a second-story window to escape imminent immolation.
A woman and her grandson managed to get out of the house on Thursday morning when the fire broke out, while ten other people managed to escape from the window.
“All 10 that were on the second floor went out through that back window,” said Chad McKane, a relative of some of the residents. “One of the men who jumped out with one of the women thought he would be able to put his arms out to catch the baby once he landed. But he must have broken his leg or something because when he went to stand up, he wasn’t able to get there in time. The baby, and others hit the ground.”
Fire unites arrived within minutes of the call going out, and crews began to douse the structure.
All twelve people were treated on scene, though the two-year-old had to be airlifted to a hospital.
According to RecordOnline.com, Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator James Rohner praised the quick response by multiple units.
“Having received multiple calls confirmed to me the likelihood that the structure was well-involved,” said Rohner, who is the former chief of the Port Jervis Fire Department. “We were met with a huge volume of fire on arrival. The house was fully engulfed on both the first and second floors. We were very fortunate to have the large number of firefighters who responded and made a very aggressive interior attack, and the many EMS personnel who treated the various injuries at the scene.”
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