Good Samaritans pull family to safety after apartment fire
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A mother and her two children are safe after a fire broke out inside their South Florida apartment.
The fire occurred in the area of 1955 NW Second Court in Miami, Thursday night.
Firefighters said a mom, her 4-year-old and 6-year-old were inside the apartment when their couch caught on fire.
Two Good Samaritans heard the mother screaming for help from inside the apartment. "Smoke was coming out, and I'm talking about, the smoke was intense, and they were trying to stick their head out so they wouldn't smell the smoke," said Gerold Luckey. "They were just panicking and panicking, and the kids were screaming."
Luckey and Tommy Leverson rushed to the apartment and aided the family. "Once we heard the screaming and once we seen the kids and she was putting the kids out the window, we just went to action," said Leverson. "We just ran over there, and we said drop the kids, and we caught them."
Fire investigators are looking into the possibility that someone inside the apartment might have intentionally set the fire. Family members said, 48-year-old Raymond Johnson is the mother's ex-boyfriend. Miami Police have charged him with violating a restraining order. Witnesses said they heard an argument between Johnson and his ex-girlfriend just moments before the fire. Police are now investigating whether he is linked to this fire that endangered four lives.
Police are questioning the mother and her female friend.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire. No one was injured. "I'm just glad that she's OK, her and my babies is OK," said Cristal Lively, the children's grandmother. "Jumping out that window for two babies is dangerous."
Luckey is grateful that everyone made it out safely. "I'm just going to thank God that everybody, all the kids, got out the house safe, all the grown ups got out the house safe," he said. "That's what counts right now."
The investigation into who started the fire remains on-going.
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