A Long Island family escaped a massive overnight fire thanks to one mom’s quick thinking and quick action.
Jenna and James Schlick said they experienced every parent’s worse nightmare when the mom, dad, and their toddler woke up to flames raging through their New York apartment building around 1 a.m. on Sunday, reports News 12.
A video shows the fire fully engulfing the building. The Schlick’s were trapped in their second-floor apartment until they jumped from a second-story balcony. Tina Donegan, one of the residents in the complex, told the New York Post:
“They had no other way to get out.
It was huge. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Jenna Schlick said she was forced to throw her 20-month-old daughter to safety from the balcony, and it was the “scariest moment of my life.”
Watch the video below:
The flames spread through a total of five apartments in the complex, and residents told News 12 that they didn’t hear any smoke detectors go off. Jeena said her first thought was:
“Am I going to die in this apartment?”
They tried escaping the fire through the front door but the path was blocked by intense heat from the blaze and smoke. James said:
“We felt really trapped we were scared.”
He took to Facebook to recall the incident after the family of three escaped over the balcony.
This was my apartment complex last night. Luckily i was able to get my wife and baby out to safety. We had to jump off…
This was my apartment complex last night. Luckily I was able to get my wife and baby out to safety. We had to jump off the balcony during the raging fire and tons of smoke. I was the ‘innocent bystander’ that caught my baby.
Jenna told the station, that she first hesitated to drop her baby down to her father but saw no other way to safety.
The family of three was taken to local hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.