BOSTON — A 15-month-old baby is safe after the child’s parents threw him out of a window as their Boston home was on fire Sunday morning. An off-duty firefighter who lives in the multi-family home caught the baby.
He then ran into the house for his own wife and child. The firefighter did not want his name released.
“It’s one of those things: you wake up in the morning and you’re not sure what’s going to happen, and, like I said, he’s made a lot of quick decisions, and those are good ones. decisions,” said Brian Alkins of the Boston Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to Norton Street in Hyde Park at around 7.10am. Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the multi-family house as crews arrived.
“(There was) heavy fire coming from the back of the building, and it started burning on the second floor at that point,” said Deputy Chief Scot Malone of the Boston Fire Department.
The baby’s mother jumped from a second-story window, firefighters said. She, along with the baby’s father, had to be taken to hospital for treatment. One of them suffered severe cuts from shards of glass.
A family member came to pick up the baby.
It took crews about an hour to put down the heavy flames. By then, the fire had spread from the first and second floors to the roof, firefighters said.
A total of seven residents were displaced and approximately $500,000 was caused in damage.
No firefighters were injured.
The cause of the fire is unclear at this time.