Ronkonkoma fire baby saved, blaze moved so quickly through.
A blaze moved so quickly through an apartment building on Long Island, a woman was forced to risk dropping her baby from the second floor, as well as herself, in order to escape.
The fire ripped through the Colony Park Apartments in Ronkonkoma, New York, early Sunday morning close to 1am, according to News 12 Long Island.
Jenna Schlick was with her 20-month old daughter Julia and husband James in a building that fully engulfed in the inferno by the time first responders arrived.
She had to drop Julia from the second-floor balcony to her husband below after he had jump first. Then Jenna dropped down to the ground as well.
Jenna said that letting her young daughter go from the second-story balcony was ‘the scariest moment in her life.’
‘This was my apartment complex last night. Luckily i was able to get my wife and baby out to safety,’ James Schlick posted on Facebook with a link to the news article of the event.
‘We had to jump off the balcony during the raging fire and tons of smoke. I was the “innocent bystander” that caught my baby,’ he concluded with a flexed bicep emoji.
Other residents in the building were even luckier, getting warned before they could be trapped by flames.
‘All of a sudden I heard banging and I got up and I though the neighbor’s were fighting and I looked out the window and some kid was screaming, banging on the doors “fire! Fire! Get out!”‘ Tina Donegan, a neighbor, said of her own escape.
Five of the units in the complex were rendered uninhabitable following the fire displacing those residents, according to firefighters.
Colony Park is a gated community located roughly 50 miles east of New York City that contains two-story luxury apartments and studios.
Officials have not yet released a cause of the fire.