A fire in a Dallas apartment block forced a mother to drop her baby from a third storey window into the arms of a bystander.
The fire started at roughly 7am on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of more than 40 people, including a mother and father who were forced to punch out a third storey bedroom window to escape.
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While the parents, and five other people, were able to jump out of the window onto mattresses placed by neighbours and police, the mother had to throw her one-year-old baby down to a bystander.
"It was terrifying," said the mother, Shuntara Thomas. "I didn't know if I was going to come down with her or if that would be the last time that I was holding my child," reports USA Today.
Byron Campbell was the heroic bystander who convinced the mother he wouldn't drop the baby.
"She let go and I caught it. I held on like a football and didn't let go."
Police say they are investigating the cause of the fire which injured three, including a firefighter.