Mother, baby rescued from burning home in West Philadelphia

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January 31, 2014 3:06:41 PM PST
A baby had to be tossed from a burning building during a dramatic fire rescue Friday morning.

The baby was one of two children who were thrown to safety in the 4900 block of Aspen Street in West Philadelphia.

"It was just too much flames and too much smoke to get through."

Owen Moore described the desperate escape he and his family pulled off overnight from their burning home in the 4900 block of Aspen Street.

Moore, his 2-year-old daughter, Maya, and his brother, Jemar Edmonds, were initially trapped in one bedroom on the second floor of the house.

"I had to throw my daughter over the banister to get her out," explained Moore.

Jemar tells us, "I jumped over the banister and catch the baby. I opened the door and went outside and wrapped her up because it was cold, she had no clothes on ? I had no shoes on."

Just down the hall, Moore's extended family was trapped in a rear bedroom. His sister, Annaya Moore, her 5-month old daughter, Deanna Miles, and the baby's father.

Owen says, "My sister had to toss her daughter to a police officer that was out the back window."

The Philadelphia Police Officer Peter Lyczak made the life-saving catch of 5-month-old Deanna. She is at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia tonight in Intensive Care being treated for smoke inhalation. The hospital has declined to give further updates on Deanna's condition.

Eventually, the infant's mother and father were rescued by firefighters. They remain at Lankenau Hospital, also being treated for smoke inhalation.

A seventh victim, a boarder in the house, was taken to the Crozer-Chester Burn Center for treatment of first degree burns.

Owen Moore and his family are being sheltered by the Red Cross at this point. They lost everything in the fire, and are now essentially homeless.

Tonight the fire marshal said the cause of the blaze remains undetermined.


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