(KMOV) -- A baby and his father are in critical condition in the St. John's Mercy burn unit after a fire broke out inside their O'Fallon, Illinois apartment while they were sleeping.
Another child is being treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire broke out around 1:00 a.m. on Friday in the 800 block of North Cherry Street.
Larry Ishum ran from the apartment and dropped his one-year-old son Zayden from a balcony into the waiting arms of neighbor, Kevin Kreidell.
As the fire grew, Ishum went back for six-year-old Dylan before jumping from the second floor balcony.
Kreidell says that Ishum’s hands and feet were bleeding and he was covered in soot.
Ishum suffered second and third degree burns to much of his body.
The boys’ mother Amber Pearson says she is thankful to Ishum for saving her children’s lives.
Pearson was working when fire erupted inside her bedroom where Ishum, the father of Zayden, 1, was sleeping.
Dylan, 6, is recovering from smoke inhalation while his baby brother is still in the ICU.
Pearson says Zayden has burns on his ears, hand and feet. She says that all three of her loved ones will be okay thanks to quick thinking and brave reaction.
The fire destroyed two of the six units in the apartment building.
The Red Cross is helping the victims find a place to stay.
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