A 58-year-old woman, Arlene Pickett, was killed in an apartment fire in Ambridge over the weekend. She was attempting to get out of the burning building and was found in a stairwell.
“It was amazing, little kids crying for their mother. It was terrible, terrible. The flames were coming straight out like a furnace,” witness Mike Vougias said.
People living nearby said they piled up mattresses so those trapped could jump to safety. A baby was also thrown out the window and was safely caught by a man standing by.
“We grabbed the mattresses and piled them up below the window and they jumped out one-by-one and tossed the baby down,” neighbor Siera Mixter said.
“The mother finally jumped out first. The dad threw the baby out. There was a gentleman that caught the baby,” witness A.J. Mixter said.
“I caught the baby. I just put my arms out and he fell into my arms,” Bob Dunn said.