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.