DALLAS, TX — A Dallas man is being called a hero after he saved a baby from a burning apartment building Wednesday in Northeast Dallas. The fire occurred at the Meadows apartment complex near Ferguson Road and took roughly 50 firefighters to put out that morning, CBS DFW reported. The fire began at 7 a.m.
As the fire raged, one mother knocked out a window in an attempt to escape with her 1-year-old child. Terrified for her baby’s life, Shuntara Thomas ended up being persuaded by bystander Byron Campbell on the ground three floors below to toss him her baby, USA Today reported.
"I just told the mom I wouldn’t drop the baby," Campbell told USA Today. "Then she let go and I caught it. I held on like a football and didn’t let go."
Five other people were also forced to jump out windows. WFAA reporter Hannah Davis shared the following photo on Facebook of Campbell and the other men who helped save people from the apartment building. The post has since been shared more than 14,000 times.
"Families were stuck on the third floor as the flames grew. So these men rushed over and grabbed mattresses and coaxed the terrified people to jump to safety. One young man even caught a baby who dropped from the third floor! They worked alongside first responders and saved so many lives," Davis wrote.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
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