NY Post - February 13, 2017by Kevin Sheehan and Emily Saul
Super Roberto Florez said he heard someone scream “fire!”, and then looked up and saw a tenant, Ramonia Rosa, half dangling out the window of her 2nd-floor apartment in Corona.
“I run around and grab a mattress from the garbage and put it under her,” Florez told The Post. “She dropped two dogs out, then threw three little girls out. I tried to catch them, they hit the mattress and rolled into the garbage.”
The girls, Gianna, 7, Jalynn, 12, and Adrianna, 16, ran for cover as a fire truck arrived, Rosa said.
Then Rosa’s 10-year-old nephew, Jacob, jumped on his own, followed by Rosa herself, Florez said.
“I tried to catch her, and we both fell,” Florez said, adding she hurt her ankle and thigh during the plunge.
“It was thick black smoke in the hallway,” Rosa recalled from the ambulance. “We couldn’t make it through so I flung the two dogs out the window and then I started to lower my daughter out. The super had put a mattress down and after I got the kids out i jumped.”
“All you want to do is live, it was so scary, we were trapped,” Rosa said emotionally. “[Florez] made sure that each of my kids were safe. Thanks to him, we made it out safely. I don’t know what I would have done without
While the whole family was being attended to by EMS, Rosa’s 7-year-old daughter jumped out of the ambulance and grabbed their Yorkie, Oreo, who was standing soaked and shivering on the sidewalk.
The little girl gingerly wrapped the pup in a white sheet, and carried the pooch into the ambulance.
Brownie, a Jack Russell mix, was also secreted out of the rain and into the ambulance, and the entire family was transported to the hospital.
Rosa later told The Post the kids “are all okay,” and that she’s just trying to find shelter since they can’t return to the charred apartment. They were all released from the hospital.
Fourteen residents were injured in the blaze, cops said. Most of the injuries were minor, with the exception of two people who remain in serious but stable condition.
Christian and Francisco Perez were trapped in their third floor apartment, cops said, adding the 13- and 46-year-old are suffering from serious smoke inhalation.
The conflagration began around 9:56 a.m. in the building’s basement, cops said. It was under control by 10:30.