ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Seven people were taken to the hospital following an apartment fire near O’Fallon Park in north St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Fire Department.
The fire broke out at the three-story apartment building in the 4400 block of W. Florissant around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities said there was heavy fire on the second floor.
After firefighters extinguished the flames, fire officials said two children were taken to the hospital in critical, but stable condition. A woman, who jumped from the second floor, was transported urgently for smoke inhalation, burns and injuries from the jump.
In addition, four people, including two kids, in the apartment above of the family's were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
St. Louis Fire Department Captain Garon Mosby credited the bedroom door being closed inside the apartment for saving the children.
This is the door that undoubtedly saved the lives of two small children in an #STLCity apartment #fire this morning. If this door is open, the deadly smoke & heat fills this room where the children were located & #rescued. #CloseBeforeYouDoze pic.twitter.com/Ky3rb89nSR— Garon Patrick Mosby (@GaronMosby) December 30, 2020
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.