IMAGES: Young mother catches babies tossed from burning apartment building
The complex that caught fire early Monday and where investigators believe the fire started.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You could call one young mother a hero, after she helped save her neighbors from a burning Okolona apartment complex.
Fire officials were called to the Derby Estates apartments on Robinwood Road, around 1:30 a.m. Monday and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the building.
Asia Neblett, her mother and two young children were asleep when they heard screams in the hallway.
"That's when my mom said, 'The hallway's on fire, go get the babies and run out!" said Neblett. "So I ran and got my two babies and I ran outside."
Asia then ran to the front of the building where she saw a family of six, including three toddlers and an infant, trapped upstairs.
"They didn't really understand English, (the mom) just kept saying 'I have babies, I have babies!'" said Neblett. "And I was crying, I was like 'you got to throw them out!' So she threw them out one by one to me. And her daughter had a cast on her leg, so she jumped out, and then the mom jumped out, and the dad jumped out. And the fire department pulled up."
That family returned in the daylight to sift through debris, luckily finding a few family photos.
"Everyone is OK, they jumped through the window," said Ceasar Zunun, a family member.
Fire officials had to use ladders to rescue at least six people. Six apartments were damaged by fire and numerous others were affected by smoke.
The American Red Cross is assisting at least 25 people, including 13 adults and 12 children. No one was hurt.
At this point, officials said it's still too early to know how the fire started, but investigators believe it started in a second floor unit. .
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