NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A mother and her two children were burned Friday after a North Charleston apartment complex caught fire. A neighbor caught one of the children as the mother hung the child out the window in desperation.
The neighbor, Reginald Curry, then ran into the apartment, kicked in the apartment door and grabbed the second child off the couch. He ducked under the smoke and dodged flames to bring the child to safety. The mother then jumped out the window to escape the fire.
"I was just thinking about my own child. I was just thinking about my neighbors. There wasn't really anything to think about. It was just reaction," Curry said.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze at Noisette Creek Apartments, located at 1005 Buist Avenue, just after 1 p.m. The Red Cross is assisting 13 residents affected by the fire.
North Charleston Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Phillips said the two children were taken to MUSC for injuries. The mother was flown to the Augusta Burn Center.
The fire heavily damaged two of the eight units in the apartment building, officials confirmed.
Curry said the mother told him to save her babies and he did. Curry, who lives in the building next door, said all he could think about was his own 11-year-old daughter, and he knew he had to do everything he could to save the children.
"Right now, I'm just praying for them and I'm still a little bit shaky about it," Curry said.