Ill. police, firemen rescue 11 from apartment fire
Officers caught a child they had asked to drop from a second story window, then the child's mother
LYONS, Ill. — A mother and her 2-year-old daughter were among 11 people who have police and firefighters to thank for helping them get to safety, after a fire at an apartment building in west suburban Lyons early Monday.
The fire started in a basement apartment at a six-unit building in the 4500 block of Prescott Avenue in Lyons. Lyons Police Cmdr. Brian Kuratko said around 12:20 a.m., a police officer on patrol spotted smoke and flames from the fire, so he called the police and fire departments, then ran inside the building.
Mary Jones was sleeping when she heard Officer Charlie Wright banging on her door, and yelling for her to get out. She and her 2-year-old daughter woke up to an apartment filled with smoke.