Woman, 2 grandsons rescued in Freeport apartment fire

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:10:51 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2014 06:07:12 PM CDT

July 22, 2014: Three people are rescued from a fast-spreading apartment fire in Freeport. Andy Cerota reports.


The Freeport fire marshal is investigating after a raging apartment fire left 14 families homeless Tuesday.

The fire started just after noon at the Azalea Court apartments in Freeport.

It took firefighters from six departments to attack the flames and get the inferno under control.

A family of three was trapped in their second-story bedroom because their escape route was blocked by fire.

"Our officers basically climbed up on the ledge and the 64-year-old grandmother handed down the kids to the officers through the window while they were holding each other up and basically tossed them down", said Lt. Raymond Garivey with the Freeport Police Department.

Alejandro Martinez, a maintenance man, then ran over with a ladder. Freeport police officers Eversole and Blackmon climbed up the ladder and rescued the frightened 64-year-old by safely walking her down the ladder.

Nobody was hurt. Displaced residents are being moved into vacant units and other nearby apartments. The Red Cross is also offering assistance to the victims.


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