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Family Jumps from Window to Escape Apartment Fire

Updated: Saturday, August 23 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
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SOUTH COLUMBUS (James Jackson/Chelsea Spears) -- It's a frightening time for a Columbus family after a fire forced them to jump from a third-floor apartment window to safety.
  
Kimberly Jordan says she, her husband and 10-year-old son were at her daughter's place on Greenfield Drive when she smelled smoke.

"He went to open the door and there was just black smoke. He closed it. He said we can't get out. We are trapped," Jordan said.

Jordan says flames pinned them inside the apartment. She says her husband broke out the bedroom window, pushed her son through, then tried to get her out of harm's way.

"I refused. I told him I didn't think I could do it and he said he couldn't leave me and lift me up by my feet basically and pushed me through the window," Jordan said.

It was a hard fall from the third floor to the ground, but the pain didn't stop her from thinking about her son.

"It was an adrenaline rush because when I landed, first thing I was doing was looking for my baby because he was the first one out," Jordan said.

Neighbors watched in shock, doing what they could to help.

Misty Collins lives in the building

"We got everybody out the building. I called 911 four times. Told them to hurry up and get out here. The apartment building is on fire," Collins said.

Firefighters say the fire ripped through several units, of the building, around 12:30 Saturday morning. Jordan and her family were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Even though she says her son had to have emergency surgery, she's just thankful they survived.

"It's a blessing. We're fine. We'll be okay," Jordan said.
 
Firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused the fire, which Jordan says started on the second floor.

The Red Cross is helping several families in need.Family Jumps from Window to Escape Apartment Fire
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