LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WHNT) - The Lawrenceburg Fire Department rescued five people from a burning apartment complex Wednesday morning, including three children.
The fire started just after 2 a.m. at Oak Grove Apartments, located at 405 Oak Street. Firefighters could see flames when they pulled up. They had heard some residents were trapped in multiple units.
Firefighters used ground ladders to get two people out. While they were doing this, a second team moved up the stairs and saved three children, two of which were dropped from a balcony to police officers below.
In video recorded on the scene, you see firefighters get to one of the families. About 45 seconds in, you hear an emergency worker say "Drop him! Drop the kid!"
The child, wearing only a diaper, is dropped a short ways. The officer quickly catches the child.
"I got him! I do," the officer says.
People who live in the apartments also helped an elderly woman from a downstairs unit before emergency crews arrived. The fire apparently started in her unit, according to investigators. A young boy staying with her awoke to hear her screaming.
"The successful efforts of all involved would not have been possible had it not been for the actions of a nine-year-boy," investigators said in a statement. "[He] alerted all the occupants to the fire."
The elderly woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Another person was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.
The American Red Cross was on the scene to help the families and provide food and drinks to emergency workers.