Parents drop baby out of window to escape downtown apartment fire
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A fire in a downtown Las Vegas apartment yesterday afternoon forced a mother and father to toss their one-month-old infant out of a second-story window to bystanders below and then jump out the window to escape the fast-approaching flames.
The parents, an 11-year-old girl, a 13-month-old boy and a one-month-old girl were home when the fire started.
The family smelled something burning but could not find the source. When the mother and the older girl opened the front door, the fire was coming out of the door of a storage closet.
The mother ran back into the apartment toward the bedroom to alert her husband and get the one-month-old infant.
In the meantime, the 11-year-old girl grabbed the 13-month-old boy and ran past the closet and down the stairs to the sidewalk.
Both the girl and the toddler were burned as they made their escape.
As they were leaving, the fire entered the apartment through the open front door. The fire trapped the parents and one-month-old infant in the bedroom.
The parents screamed out the bedroom window for help. Neighbors gathered below and the parents dropped the one-month-old baby into their waiting arms.
The parents then jumped out of the window to escape the flames.
The baby that was dropped out of the window and the husband were not injured but the mother twisted her ankle.
When firefighters arrived, the apartment was completely involved. It took firefighters approximately nine minutes to bring the fire under the control.
The 11-year-old girl and 13-month-old boy and mother were transported to the hospital for their injuries.
An eight-year-old boy also escaped injury because he was not home at the time. He was walking home from school when the fire started.
The apartment is located in the 2900 block of Elm Avenue near Eastern Avenue. The fire also damaged an empty apartment next door and caused water damage to the two downstairs apartments.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Twelve people were displaced by the fire. They are being helped by the American Red Cross.
The family's dog was killed in the fire.