Leap of faith leads to rescue of 2-year-old from burning apartment
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) -- A dramatic rescue for Oklahoma City police as they rescued a young boy who had to be thrown from a window during an apartment fire.
As the flames grew higher Aug. 25 at the Brownstone Apartments, 2908 NW 28 Street, Takia Harding and her mother were forced to throw her 2-year-old from a second story window.
"I'm just glad we're okay." Harding said. "We was just woke up by the grace of God."
Harding and her family were trapped in the apartment, without warning.
"The flames was getting right to my room," Harding said.
The two-alarm fire ravaged the apartment complex. As crews rushed to get residents out, they made it to the back of the complex just in time.
"We had to keep our heads out the window in order to breathe cause the smoke was getting too thick," Harding said.
The Oklahoma City Police Department says Officer Anthony Glover and Sergeant Dave Hollis found Harding. Sgt. Hollis got to the family by tearing open a fence. Officer Glover was the one who successfully caught Hardin's child.
Harding had to take a leap of faith and drop her son safely into the arms of an officer below.
"I wasn't really worried about me. I was worried about my mom and my son," Harding said.
Fire crews say the fire started with a candle. A family in one of the units had just moved in without electricity. Some families lost everything at the complex but everyone made it out safely.
"We don't have a place anymore but I still have my family and I thank God for that," Harding said.
The apartment manager tells FOX 25 that all 18 units have been displaced. The apartment complex will be out of power for the next three days.