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UPDATE: Apartment fire injures infant, woman

Two people, including an infant, were hurt in an apartment fire on the northeast side Saturday night.
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Two people, including an infant, were hurt in an apartment fire on the northeast side Saturday night.

The infant, along with an adult woman, were trapped in a second story unit when the fire broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 4800 block of N Arlington Ave. That's across the street from Arlington High School.

Fans at an Arlington High School basketball game ran across the street to help. The school's principal, an IPS police officer and others urged the woman to throw her baby down so they could catch it.

"She was Chinese and she couldn't understand what we were saying," said Dendy DeMeyrs, one of the women who helped catch the baby. "She ended up throwing the baby out. I caught the baby along with some of the men and she grabbed a blanked and jumped out the window as well."

A man who lived downstairs also escaped. Only minor injuries were reported.

Six apartments in the building are considered unlivable. Victim's Assistance is helping the five families affected find a place to stay.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building did have functioning smoke detectors.