GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Several children escaped a Grand Rapids house fire after being thrown from the roof and a window of a southeast side house Saturday night.
Fire crews were called out just after 9 p.m. Saturday to the 100 block of Pleasant Street. Three families were living in three separate units in the house.
"We was sitting in the house and we noticed the smoke and then a pow," Quinesha Thomas said. Thomas was inside the building at the time of the fire. Thomas and her cousin got their children and ran out of the house.
However, she learned her neighbor's kids were trapped inside. "Then a neighbor man was hollering that he needed help with the kids so he threw them out the window," Thomas said.
Several residents gathered outside the burning house to help save the children. They caught them as the neighbor tossed the children out of the building; one from a window and another from an overhanging roof.
"They actually had to throw them out the window. There were like seven people standing right there when they threw the baby from the top story. Then they threw a...three-year-old from the roof. Finally caught her. They slid her down; the man caught her. It was just God with us last night. Nobody got hurt, everybody made it out fine," Thomas said.
Thomas said the fire started in the area where a new couple had just moved in within the past week or so. She suspects it was an electrical fire and blames in part who she says is a neglectful landlord.
"[The landlord is] a slum lord pretty much. He didn't have any insurance on the house. We have three days to figure out what we're going to do. Three families with kids...it was just sad," Thomas said.
Fire officials have not said how the fire started, but did say it did not appear to be suspicious. It remains under investigation.
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