WATERLOO, Iowa – Residents of an apartment building jumped out of a window to escape a fire on Sunday night.
The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fire officials said the flames started in the garbage of a laundry room, where a cigarette was likely thrown away.
Samantha Kirby and her 9-year-old son were home alone at the time. After smelling smoke spread through the apartment building, Kirby knew the only way out was the window.
"When I got into my kitchen I could smell the smoke but it wasn't on fire in my apartment so I opened up the front door and that's when I seen all the black smoke," Kirby said.
She rushed her son to the ledge and helped him jump to the ground, before she followed.
"If I was going to die it was going to be from jumping out this window not from the fire," Kirby said.