BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Thrown to safety. Two women jump to escape their burning Southwest Baltimore home, but not before throwing a 2-year-old girl out the window to avoid the flames.
Andrea Fujii reports a grandmother, mother and toddler all survived the nearly 20-foot jump, but their home is a total loss.
The one-alarm fire broke out at about 6 a.m. Monday on South Fulton Street.
“I saw the smoke and flames coming from her window because it’s right next door to mine,” said Carol Raghner, neighbor.
“I saw some fire and when I woke up, it was kind of scary,” said Destiny Brown, neighbor.
Inside the rowhome was a 45-year-old woman, her 21-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old girl. To escape, firefighters say the grandmother jumped out of the second story front window. That’s when the mother threw her toddler from a second story rear window, and then she jumped herself.
The fire was out within 20 minutes.
Knowing the family, neighbors say they can’t imagine how scared they were.
“That is crazy because I have a 2-year-old boy right inside the house and it hits close to home. And I was telling my boyfriend that could have been us,” said neighbor Priscilla Brown, neighbor.
All three were taken to different hospitals for injuries from the jump. The toddler’s mother also suffered second- and third-degree burns. All are expected to survive.
It’s not clear if someone caught the toddler or if she fell to the ground.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.