Firefighters catch baby tossed from burning apartment

The family of three escaped unharmed but their dog died in the 2-alarm blaze

SAN ANTONIO — A man tossed his baby to firefighters before jumping from an apartment balcony Thursday night. reported that crews responded to the 2-alarm fire just before 1 a.m. and rescued a family of three for their apartment balcony. The family's dog died in the blaze.

"The family reported that they smelled smoke earlier in the evening, tried to get out of the house, but the fire was blocking the front door," San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. "Very heroic actions by the firefighters this evening to rescue a family of three off of a balcony. So they are fine. We went and got the baby some baby food and a bottle."

Twelve units of the apartment building were affected and residents were evacuated from the building.

"(It) just went up really fast. Within, like, five minutes it was completely (engulfed). The whole apartment was in flames," said Jamie Hopkins, a resident who was evacuated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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