By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A massive fire forces two families out of their homes. One had to jump from the second floor just to survive. Now investigators are trying to figure out the cause.

Five to ten foot flames were shooting out of a single rowhome in Canton Thursday night. It was a wild scene.

“It was horrifying. It actually looked like a scene from hell, believe it or not. It looked like hell was just coming out of the house,” said Jeffrey Tyree, witness.

The call came in around 11 p.m. along the 1200 block of South Clinton Street.

Scott Hartmann and his 63-year-old mother, Bonnie, were upstairs in the burning home.

“When I opened the door downstairs, I saw flames starting to hit the ceiling,” Scott Hartmann said.

The family says when they opened the door, smoke hit them in the face. That’s when neighbors started to yell for them to jump from the second floor.

“In that moment, all I was thinking was ‘I’m not going to let my mom burn,'” Scott Hartmann said.

Hartmann jumped first, followed by his mom. An attempt to break her fall didn’t work.

“There was no way we could have enough time to get underneath of her and she hit the concrete flat,” he explained.

The 63-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital, where her family says her brain is now bleeding from the fall.

The fire quickly spread to two other homes. It took crews hours just to get the flames under control.

“All our memories, everything we owned, it was just going up,” Scott Hartmann said.

A GoFundMe page has now been started for Scott and his mother, which has quickly gained traction.

The family — left with absolutely nothing — has been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

“I just you to know from the bottom of my family’s heart, we appreciate it,” said Hartmann.

No one else was injured in the fire. Another family is also displaced.

If you’re interested in donating to the family, CLICK HERE.

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