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Fire officials applaud 'heroic' neighbor who caught child dropped from burning building

Fire officials applaud 'heroic' neighbor who caught child dropped from burning building

Clifford woke up to the sound of the fire that night and immediately grabbed a mattress laying in his backyard and positioned it under a window of the building which was in flames.

 

A Boston man is being hailed for heroically saving a mother and her two kids from a burning building. Per reports, a fire broke out in a residential building on Delford Street in Roslindale, Mass., last weekend, endangering the lives of a mother and her two children, a 5-year-old and a teenager. The Boston Fire Department revealed that it was the family's neighbor Clifford Saint Jean whose quick thinking saved them from grave danger.

Clifford woke up to the sound of the fire that night and immediately grabbed a mattress laying in his backyard and positioned it under a window of the building which was in flames. Then he yelled alerting the mother and her children about his presence before asking the woman to drop her kids from the window. "Don't be scared ... I'm down there to carry them," recalled Jean during an interview with NBC Boston. Once the youngest child landed in his arms, the mom and her teenager jumped as well, according to TODAY.



 


 
Recalling the terrifying moment, Jean said that the mother was understandably overwhelmed with emotion, telling him, "Thank you, you saved my life, you saved my family's life." Jean then told NBC Boston that he was very "happy" to be of service. The Boston Fire Department applauded Clifford on Twitter on September 3 writing, "A heroic job by the next-door neighbor to save a mother and her 2 children who were trapped on the 2nd floor by heavy fire at the 3 alarm fire on Delford St. He put a mattress down for them to jump as he caught the 5-year-old that the mother dropped out the window to him."

In another tweet by the department, it was revealed that five adults and four children were displaced by the fire, the cause of which is under investigation. The Massachusetts Red Cross is currently working alongside the community helping displaced residents to find housing. The fire reportedly caused an estimated $1M in damages, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Cover image source: Twitter | Boston Fire Dept.

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