Just before 2 a.m. on Christmas morning, a raging fire was tearing through an apartment complex near Birmingham, Alabama.
Firefighters weren't on the scene yet, and there were kids trapped inside.
Image source: WBRC-TV
Kerry Jackson heard the screams from his neighbors and grabbed his camera and raced toward the fire. One mother was panicked, trying to coax her young son to jump from a second-floor window as the flames raged closer.
As Jackson arrived, his camera captured the boy jumping into the arms of Jackson's cousin.
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Meanwhile, more screams from others trapped were coming from the other side of the building.
Iris Glass, a mother of three, sustained second-degree burns in getting her 6-year-old daughter out of the burning building, WBRC-TV reported. When she attempted to go back through the flames to find her second child, 3-year-old King, Glass was overcome by the smoke.
Fortunately, a firefighter with protective gear and oxygen had arrived and was able to find the young boy and pull him from the fire.
Six people in total were injured by the fire and smoke, including two critically.
The fire at the Valley Brook apartments forced four families out of their homes. A GoFundMe campaign was established to help the Glass family replace what they lost on Christmas.
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