Couple drop kids from window to escape fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fire officials in Fort Wayne say a couple whose home caught on fire dropped their young children out a second-floor window into the arms of people outside, then jumped from the window themselves.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Miller says 23-year-old Natalie Church, 34-year-old Christopher Dunning and their children ages 4 months and 1½ went to a hospital in stable condition.

The fire was discovered about 7 a.m. Thursday after smoke detectors awoke the couple. It was caused by a malfunction in the power cord of a window air conditioning unit on the first floor.

Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly but it caused heavy smoke damage.

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