Two Adults & Baby Rescued From Balcony During Apartment Fire In West Memphis

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) - West Memphis fire fighters say two adults and a baby were rescued from an apartment fire Wednesday.

It happened just around noon at the Riverbend Apartments off South Avalon. The fire started in the kitchen of the first-floor apartment, but heavy smoke trapped a family of three on their second story balcony.

"As soon as I got off the truck I seen a family up on the second level,” says West Memphis Fire Lt. Anthony Miller. “The lady was holding an infant. Maybe 2, 3-years-old. And I told her just drop her. Just throw her to me. Just let her go. Just let go. And she did. And I caught her. Thank God."

"Everything's traveling at a hundred miles an hour. You ain't got time. You gotta work on instinct. Instincts paid off today,” says West Memphis Fire Chief Charles Stover.

Firefighters used a ladder to safely rescue a man and woman from the balcony. No one else was in the apartments at the time.

It's not clear what caused the fire, but at this point it appears to be accidental.


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