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Family Forced to Jump from Second Floor Window in Queens Fire

CBS 2 - February 13, 2017

by CBS Local

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fourteen people were injured in a fire that forced residents to jump to safety in Corona, Queens on Sunday morning.

According to the FDNY, the fire broke out in a basement of a building on Waldron Street in the Corona section at around 10 a.m.

Gianna Rosa, 10, her dog, Brownie, and her mother, sister and cousins were safe thanks to quick thinking from their neighbors, CBS2’s Erin Logan reported.

“Our neighbors and family came with a bed, and we had to jump out the window,” she said.

Her mother, Ramonita Rosa, said the building’s super placed a mattress on the ground under their second floor window. Then a neighbor handed the mattress over.

“One by one we were throwing them out the window and he was catching them,” she said.

Rosa said her two daughters and niece were caught by the super, then she and her nephew ran down the stairs.

“We couldn’t breathe anymore in the apartment,” she said.

Firefighters rushed to the scene, and got the blaze under control by around 10:30, officials said.

Officials say 14 people were injured, two seriously.

The two victims in serious condition were taken to North Shore Hospital for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing.

Rosa said she looks forward to seeing her super again soon so the whole family can thank him.

“He did an excellent job. Basically, he saved us,” she said.