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Women hurt in jump to safety from flames

Two women are in hospital after jumping from the fourth floor to escape a fire in their apartment early Thursday morning.

Two women are in hospital after jumping from the fourth floor to escape a fire in their apartment early Thursday morning.

Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to a call at 5:21 a.m., evacuating between 100 and 120 suites of the three-wing building, located at 48 Street and 137 Avenue, before getting the fire under control in less than 75 minutes.

The evacuation order was later lifted for 75 of the suites.

Fire Chief Brian Hawgood said as many as 24 suites could be affected by water or smoke damage, and residents of about 30 suites were not able to return to their homes late in the afternoon as the investigation continued.

“It’s never a good time for a fire, but when it’s the day before Christmas Eve it’s especially hard for those who (could) be displaced,” said fire spokesperson Tim Wilson.

Expectant mother Dallas Kasokeo, a third-floor resident, escaped along with her six-year-old son as her neighbour headed for the blazing suite, trying to help the women who live there.

“They must have been panicked or something and they jumped,” she said.

Kasokeo was told her apartment suffered water damage.

“I pretty much lost all my Christmas presents, my furniture,” she said.

 
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