Man jumps out of apartment to escape fire on city’s north side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov.15, 2013) – A man was forced to jump out of his burning north side apartment Friday morning.

Crews arrived at Barrington Estates near 86th Street and Ditch Road around 3:25 a.m.  The found heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of a unit.

Four people were inside of the apartment building and none of them were injured, the Indianapolis Fire Department told FOX59 News..

“I woke up in the middle of the night to just a really loud boom,” said fire survivor James Robinson.  “I had no idea what was going on.  It was almost like it shook the foundation.”

Robinson jumped off his own balcony to safety, while fire crews used a ladder to rescue a trapped woman on the balcony next door.

“There’s a lot of adrenaline that kicks in.  When adrenaline kicks in, I guess you go into fight or flight mode and I needed to get away from the danger,” said Robinson.  “I was fortunate enough to do that  in a reasonable amount of time to keep from getting hurt, so, luckily, the jump from the back didn’t break any bones or twist anything.

“Just glad to be alive.”

The fire was under control in 25 minutes.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. 

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