He looked up and saw a petrified woman on a third-floor balcony with a child. Flames quickly crept up behind her.Rescue two by a fabulously-named second random bystander:
“People started yelling for the lady to throw her kids down,” Blanks said.
The mother dropped her son over the railing. As Blanks saw the small child falling, he dove forward, arms out.
“I immediately got tunnel vision of the baby and somehow managed to catch him,”
word started to spread below that a child was in the apartment, and that’s when a second heroic rescue took place.
Another bystander ran inside the building and through the flames to save the 8-year-old.
D’Artagnan Alexander, 42, was on his way to a nearby plaza, where he works as a barber, when he heard screams and saw the flames.
“I have a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old, so when I heard there were kids in there, that really hit my heart,” said Alexander, who immediately parked his car and ran toward the blaze.
Without hesitating, he said, he entered the smoke-filled building and made his way to the third floor, which he described as scorching hot.