YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Neighbors of a house in the 500 block of Harmon Avenue had a busy day Friday after saving a family from its burning home.
One of those neighbors, Martina Cole, caught a one-year-old baby boy who was dropped from the second story of the house. The baby’s 18-year-old mother was in the attic with him. She clawed her way out a window, jumped onto the porch roof and safely dropped the baby into Cole’s arms.
“She just pushed a window open and started screaming and that’s when we told her to jump and drop the baby down and caught him and then caught her,” Cole said.
Besides the mother and baby, five other children were trapped inside the burning house. Cole and members of a mosque across the street made sure everyone got out safely.
“We then had to take the kids all in the house and they had no shoes, no coat on or nothing,” Cole said.
A 12-year-old who was rescued ran back inside to save another child who was asleep on the first floor.
“Oh my God it was so scary, it was, but thank God they were all safe,” Cole said.
The baby was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for smoke inhalation and a burnt ear.
The 12-year-old was also treated for smoke inhalation but has since been released from the hospital.
“It’s going to be a total loss. Quite a bit of damage especially for a daytime fire. We got here within our three minute response time. But, just quite a bit of damage,” said Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Charlie Smith.
Fire officials believe the fire started accidentally on a mattress in the playroom.
Smith says 11 people lived in the home, but the Red Cross is helping house them for now.
There has been no word yet on where the adults were at the time of the fire.