Good Samaritan catches child thrown from burning apartment



ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News talked to the good Samaritan who helped a family with a 4-year-old escape their burning Atlanta home Wednesday. 

The family was trapped in their upstairs bedroom and their only way down was to jump and throw the little girl out of the window.

Kamisha Boozer woke up around midnight and her southeast Atlanta apartment was on fire.

"When it woke me up, I smelled the flames. I was like, ‘Oh my God, the house is on fire,’" Boozer said. "I opened the bedroom door, there were flames all in the hallway, so I just closed the door back in.”

That meant jumping from the second floor window was their only way out. Boozer’s husband broke the window, cutting his arm.  Jacqueline Bigby lives two doors down from Boozer.  She knew she had to help get them out, especially with 4-year-old Leah in harm's way.

"Me and my cousin's husband told them to just drop the baby. And we caught the baby," Bigby said.

Leah said the man downstairs caught her. When asked if she was scared, she shook her head no.

Bigby’s heroic actions didn't stop after catching Leah. She had to help the mother get down.

"I ran in the house and got the cushions from the sofa so the mom could jump because the mom was kind of scared to jump out,” Bigby said.

Bigby said she doesn't feel like a hero,  just a good supportive neighbor.

Yeah, I'm good. I feel good. I went to sleep easy because no one was hurt, no one was harmed.  Even though they lost material things, their lives are still here," Bigby said.

The Red Cross is helping Boozer and her family.

Investigators say an electrical problem started the fire.

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