Chicago, IL -- A family had to break out of their apartment that was on fire and jump to safety overnight in the Little Village neighborhood.
Firefighters were called to the 2.5-story building at 3:30am on Thursday. Fire engulfed the stairs, preventing the family of ten from escaping. A man, his wife, and their three year old had to jump onto a neighbor's roof from the second floor.
Another man wasn't able to get out. Firefighters used a ladder to reach him. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition with smoke inhalation.
The six other members of the family were downstairs, trying to escape with a nine month old.
"I put him in my shirt. But then I realized I had to break the window. They were hesitating. They kind of didn't know what to do. I took the baby out of my shirt and I gave him to my brother. I tried to lift [the window] up because it wasn't lifting up. I hopped out and they gave me the baby. Then I pushed the trash can toward the window. Then everybody started hopping out," said Isabel Arellano, a resident of the building.
The home was severely damaged and, most likely, nothing is salveageable.
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