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  • Body-cam footage showing a blaze engulfing a section of an apartment captures the dramatic moment a heroic firefighter emerged from the flames with a little girl clutched in his arms.
  • The fire occurred on Labor Day at the Shores Apartments in Wichita, Kan., around 8 a.m.
  • “They opened up one of the doors below where the fire was burning and they found two children and a mom, that were kind of startled that we were there,” Capt. Chad Cox told KSN-TV.

Body-cam footage showing a blaze engulfing a section of an apartment building in Kansas captures the dramatic moment a heroic firefighter emerged from the flames with a little girl clutched in his arms. 

The fire occurred on Labor Day at the Shores Apartments in Wichita, Kan. around 8 a.m., and the arriving firefighters were able to rescue trapped residents within two minutes, according to a Facebook video post from the Wichita Fire Department.  

“They opened up one of the doors below where the fire was burning and they found two children and a mom, that were kind of startled that we were there,” Capt. Chad Cox told KSN-TV.


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“And they probably didn’t realize that there was actually a fire burning in the apartments above them,” he added.

Cox told the station firefighters had previously trained at the complex. 

No deaths were reported, although four residents and two firefighters were treated for injuries at the location. Residents at all 16 units in the building were displaced due to fire damage and a power outage, according to KSN-TV.  

The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation. 


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Published on Sep 14, 2021