DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Six residents, including a baby, were forced to jump for their lives after a fire ripped through a Dallas apartment complex Wednesday morning. It was because of the quick acts of heroism by the community that no one was seriously injured.
The scene unfolded at the Meadows apartment complex near Ferguson Road and I-635 as crews worked to put out the two-alarm fire. Flames could be seen tearing through the complex from the third story, leaving residents without a home a day before Thanksgiving.
It took nearly 50 firefighters to extinguish the fire. However, the department said the “real heroes” came to the rescue of some of the residents who had to jump from the third story of the building in order to escape the flames.
“At least six people from the third floor who actually had to jump to safety. Among those six was a baby who they had to throw down,” said Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans.
Those “real heroes” included Dallas police officers and residents who grabbed mattresses from apartments to provide cushion for those who had to jump. Dramatic video captured by a witness showed two people jumping from the third floor onto a mattress being held by those heroes.