Mother Tosses Baby From Window During Apartment Fire

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- One person is recovering after an apartment fire forced them to jump to safety.

The flames were so bad a mother inside the building tossed her child out a window to rescuers below.

This happened around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of Hodiamont Ave in north St. Louis.

The fire started in a first floor apartment. Residents say smoke filled the entire building.

Several people were forced to jump from second floor windows. One of them suffered a leg injury.

A mother faced a terrifying choice, go into a smoke filled hallway or use the window.

I am told that the mother was screaming for help. She eventually dropped her baby from the window. I spoke with the man who caught the baby he says it was horrifying.

"It was terrible," Cornell Williams said. "She had to drop the baby. I think the mother was more scared than the baby."

The baby was brought to Children's Hospital. I am told the baby is doing just fine.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.