Two children die in fire in Gary; one boy saved by jumping 4 floors on to blanket

GARY, INDIANA (Fox 32 News) - Two children were killed in a fire in a large apartment building in Gary, Indiana, on Sunday morning.

The two children who were killed were a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. They died from smoke inhalation.

Witnesses said that one boy, 8,  was saved by a team effort. The child was yelling from a fourth floor apartment and someone got a blanket. Neighbors held the edges of the blanket and told the child to jump.

"I told the kid, 'Jump!'" said resident Jovon Johnson. "It took three tries. He didn't listen the first two times. but the third time, he finally jumped. And when he jumped, we caught him. No broken bones, no injuries, nothing. It's a blessing." 

Firefighters fought the blaze for four hours. The cause has not been determined, but arson is not suspected. The apartment building in the Miller neighborhood has 53 units. More than 100 residents were displaced.

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