Dallas residents trapped in a raging apartment fire are safe now due to the efforts of a group of brave men.
According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, six residents, including a small child, had to jump from the third floor last Wednesday. Fire tore through the Meadows apartment complex preventing tenants from escaping their units.
Bystanders took a mattress from the first floor and convinced the trapped tenants to jump. Among the group on the third floor were a mother and a baby.
“I told her to drop the baby down. First, she hesitated. I told her I’m gonna catch the baby. So she finally trusted me, and she dropped the baby,” said hero Bryon Campbell. “It’s real crazy. It’s my first time doing that.”
The Dallas Morning News reports Campbell saw the flames from afar and drove to the scene to help residents.
Bryon Campbell and a few more Heroic Black Men saved 6 people including an infant baby that jumped from a burning apartment building in Dallas TX. It’s because of these young black men that they made it out alive. Where were the fire departemet pic.twitter.com/wKzYQaVLPF— Brother Tyrone X (@tyrone345345) November 24, 2018
Byron Campbell saw the fire at a Far East Dallas apartment in the distance and drove to it. He helped alert residents to the fire and caught a baby dropped from a window. https://t.co/2WFcXy4GxX pic.twitter.com/DEtQSI3FH4— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) November 22, 2018
“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.
Fire ravaged the building so severely all 24 units had to be demolished, leaving tenants without a home. The Red Cross has stepped in to provide temporary shelter for the victims.
Only two people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire.
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