Two kids were rescued from a burning apartment building by Indianapolis police after their mother threw them out a window as thick smoke billowed out.
According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Pine Glen Apartments building caught fire on April 11 when an elderly man in his 70s apparently pushed over a chair, which knocked over a candle, igniting a nearby blanket. According to reports, the guy attempted to ‘extinguish the blaze, but was unable.’
Twenty people had to be evacuated from the building around 3.30am, including a mother and her two children, two and three.
The Indianapolis Police Department released bodycam footage of the fire on Monday, showing the dramatic moment the mother has to drop her kids into the waiting arms of three officers.
A woman can be heard coughing as Officer Carroll, whose first name was not released by police, rounds the back of the building and firetruck sirens blare in the background.
The mother can be heard screaming: ‘Please help me! Help me!’ as Carroll informs her that firetrucks are on the way.
‘Please hurry. I can’t breathe. I have my kids in here,’ she desperately yells as she appears to be waving the black smoke out of her face. She informs the officers her children are ‘right here on my bed.’
Carroll calls in Officer Hupp and Laird for backup. Hupp responds that he is coming. It is unclear if Laird assisted.
‘Ma’am, can you hear me,’ he calls back up to her. ‘Ma’am, do you want to try passing them down to me?” he asks her as Hupp can be seen on his own body camera running toward the back of the building.
‘Please, please, please,’ she can be heard saying.
As the video cuts back to just Carroll’s bodycam, the mother can be seen passing a screaming child out the window toward the officers’ outstretched hands.
‘I got you, I got you,’ the two officers can be heard saying as she drops the child from the second-story window. The child drops silently from the window before crying out as Carroll hands the toddler to Hupp.
The older child is dropped second and Hupp catches the kid before Carroll asks the woman to jump next.
Officer Hupp escorts the family to where emergency services were located.
The officer tries to console the crying children by telling them ‘you did good.’
‘You guys are so brave,’ Hupp’s said. ‘One day, you’re going to get to tell a story about how you jumped out a two-story window. You and your bada** mom, out here jumping out a window… you’re like Spiderman!’
The mother can be heard telling Hupp, she would have ‘thrown the mattress out if I had to’ to get her children out alive, as the video stops.
It is unclear if the family suffered any injuries, but was reported a few residents did suffer from smoke inhalation. All other injuries were reported to be minor, according to Fox 59.
A total of four units were affected in the fire and the building had to shut off utilities and it took the fire department roughly 40 minutes to control the flames.
The 20 residents were displaced, according to the fire department, and it is unclear where they went afterward.