Elkhart Fire Sends Residents Jumping to Safety

Numerous children and residents escape with only minor injuries after jumping from second and third story windows to escape a blaze in their Elkhart apartment building Tuesday.

The fire broke out in a first story apartment on Monroe Street in Elkhart around 2:00 A.M.

The blaze quickly spread to stairwells in the building which kept residents from escaping.

Many people, including the children, were faced with a decision to jump several stories or wait for a rescue that may come too late.

Both children and residents lept into blankets that other residents and firemen held from the ground.

Amazingly, there were only minor injuries reported.

Officials say six to seven children are hospitalized with injuries like smoke inhalation and sprains from landing on the ground after jumping.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze quickly after arriving on the scene, but there is no word on a cause.

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