IRMO, S.C. (WIS) - A mother and her children had to jump from a third-floor window to escape an apartment fire in Irmo that has left dozens of people homeless, officials confirmed.
The fire started around 1 p.m. Wednesday at the River Oaks Apartments in the 5300 block of Bush River Road. That’s near the intersection with St. Andrews Road.
While firefighters rushed to rescue six people on the second and third floors of the apartment building, a mother dropped her two small children -- a 1-month-old and 1-year-old -- from a third-story window to save them, officials said. Bystanders caught the children.
The mother then jumped from the window, severely hurting her leg. Crews rushed those three to the hospital, Irmo Fire officials said.
“Our nightmare when we pull up on a fire is having a fire blowing out of the roof on all sides of the building and having people hanging out of windows and that’s exactly what we showed up to,” Operations Chief Sloane Valentino, with Irmo Fire, said.
Firefighters got the flames under control by 3:45 p.m. but stayed on scene putting out hotspots.
Officials with the Red Cross said they are helping 35 people displaced by the fire. There were 10 units damaged.
“Very emotional for me right now,” said Cassandra Redmon, as she carried clothes from her charred apartment. “My stuff is all messed up but thank God I’m alright and turtle is alright and my kids are alright.”
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“Those who lived on the third flood lost nearly everything,” Valentino said.
WIS is looking into whether a local fundraiser or donation spot is set up for these families.
Irmo officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.