Caught On Cam Fiery Rescue
Firefighters pluck five people from balcony of burning apartment building.
An apartment fire in Rancho Cordova, California trapped five people on a second story balcony Wednesday.
"I'm still kind of shaking," said Margaret Mouton, one of the residents who was trapped on the balcony with her three grandchildren.
The fire started in the apartment next to Mouton.
The woman in that apartment had to climb from her balcony to Mouton's. But the fire quickly spread to both apartments.
On the ground Nicole Rhoads was watching and took action.
"I told the grandma to throw the kids over the balcony and I would catch them," said Rhoads, who also lives in the apartment complex.
Mouton didn't hesitate.
"My grand-babies were not staying on that balcony," said Mouton.
Within seconds the children were safe on the ground, but Mouton and her neighbor were still trapped.
"Were lucky the fire station that services here is 200 yards away," said Scott Cockrum, the Assistant Fire Chief for Sacramento Metro Fire. "Literally right around the corner"
Only a minute had passed from when the call came in, to when firefighters were on scene, according to Cockrum.
A ladder was quickly put in place the two remaining women were rescued.
"I'm so proud of our guys right now," said Cockrum. "They did such a great job along with our community here in Rancho Cordova. I honestly believe that we saved five lives tonight."
Mouton said she feels lucky to be alive and still can't believe what happened.
"Yeah it was scary, real scary."