Pregnant woman, other residents jump to safety from Rock Hill apartment fire

Pregnant woman, other residents jump to safety from Rock Hill apartment fire

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 8:13 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Seven Rock Hill families are spending Tuesday night in area motels after a fire damaged their apartment complex.

Firefighters say the blaze at the Oak Hollow Apartments at the intersection of Finley Road and South York Avenue started around 3:30 a.m.

"When you wake up and your life is before your eyes, it's a scary feeling," said Teronica White, who was forced to jump from a 2nd floor window.

She shares an apartment with Samuel White, her brother and Mandi Coley, his girlfriend. Coley is seven months pregnant with their first child.

"I was getting dressed and woke my boyfriend up because something is not right," said Coley.

Her boyfriend ran to the front door trying to lead everyone out and was turned back.

"Black and flames. Yeah, it was real intense," said Samuel White.

With the front door blocked that left only one way out: a drop from a second floor window. Coley worried about her unborn child, but knew she had no choice.

"I knew I was going to have to jump. I knew I had to go down. I just knew it. I was like that's a long way," she said.

Samuel went first and was joined on the ground by Rock Hill officers who encouraged everyone to jump.

The last to leave the apartment was Mandi. She jumped into Samuel's Arms.

"He caught me from behind and he fell too, so I fell on him," said the 20-year-old expectant mother.

Fortunately everyone escaped unharmed, including the baby. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.

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