Dramatic body cam video captured the moment a Kansas firefighter rescued a little girl from a raging fire that trapped several residents and injured six people, including two smoke-eaters.
The Labor Day blaze at The Shores Apartments complex in Wichita erupted about 8 a.m. and rapidly spread through the unit, the footage posted on Facebook by the city Fire Department shows.
A firefighter is seen running out of the inferno clutching the girl as heavy flames swirl in the fully engulfed building.
“They opened up one of the doors below where the fire was burning and they found two children and a mom, that were kind of startled that we were there,” said Capt. Chad Cox, KSN-TV reported.
“And they probably didn’t realize that there was actually a fire burning in the apartments above them,” he added.
The firefighters managed to rescue the residents within two minutes of arriving at the conflagration, officials said.
“Numerous people were actively evacuating. Multiple persons were reported trapped. Heavy fire was extending into the attic and roof,” the department wrote.
Four residents and two firefighters were treated at the scene.
Fire Chief Tammy Snow said the majority of the cases were smoke inhalation and that one child suffered minor burns to his arm, the news outlet reported
The two-alarm fire heavily damaged six apartments and displaced all 16 families in the building, according to the report.
“But no lives were lost,” the WFD said on Facebook. “Those families have a lot to rebuild, but they still have each other.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.