A mother had no choice but to trust a stranger with her baby girl after flames engulfed her apartment complex hours before Thanksgiving.

According to NBC 5, Shuntara Thomas was yelling for help from her third-story apartment window when her savior said, “Trust me.”

Thomas remembers her motherly instincts kicking in during the terrifying moment. She said:

“I didn’t want my daughter to lose her life, he told me just trust me I got her, I got her, so without even thinking I just dropped her.”

Byron Campbell was leaving the complex when he noticed the combustion and Thomas dangling her 1-year-old daughter from her window. He held out his arms and encouraged Thomas to drop her baby to him.

He said:

“I seen a lady, she yelled out the window she was about to drop the baby. So, my first reaction, was go by the window and catch the baby. When she dropped the baby I caught the baby and curled him up in my hands.”

As Fox 4 reports, Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said that in addition to Thomas’ baby, five others jumped out of windows onto mattresses below to escape the flames. Officials said there were no lives lost in the fire, but three people were injured, including a firefighter. The rescuer suffered burns to his shoulder and arm but will make a full recovery.

Dallas Fire-Rescue successfully contained the early morning fire in about an hour. It shared photos and a statement on Twitter.

The residency was torn down later that morning, leaving 40 residents temporarily homeless.

As Fox 4 reports, Thomas revealed that although she lost a lot of material things, she learned a valuable lesson:

“I do thank him because without him my child’s life would not have been saved… So I may not have anything else, but it teaches me not to be thankful for the material things, but to be thankful for everything that I do have.”

Thomas has since started a GoFundMe account “to support rebuilding” their home.

According to NBC 5, the American Red Cross is assisting those involved by providing comfort kits and disaster assistance.

Investigators were unable to enter the building to determine the cause of the fire.

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