PHOENIX - A fire forced a Valley mother to drop her two children out of a window after a fire trapped them in their second story apartment.
Bianca Milton said she felt like she had no other way to get her 3-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to safety so she relied on two strangers to save them.
“I felt trapped. I trusted people to catch my babies,” said Milton.
She said it was the most difficult and desperate decision she has ever made.
“There was this brave guy who is like 'throw them down. Trust me, I'll catch them' and I had to throw them down. Please catch my babies. They're everything I have,” Milton recalled screaming.
Her apartment near 7th Street and Bell Road caught fire in the middle of the night and trapped her and her kids in a bedroom.
“My front door was on fire. I punched my window and started screaming for help,” Milton said.
Justin Rose and his cousin, John Gallop, heard those screams and ran to help.
“She showed her kid by the window and we're like 'what do we do, what do we do. We have to do something about this situation,'” Rose said.
With no other options, Rose told her to do, what seemed like, the unthinkable.
“We're like lady, put your kids out the window. We will catch them. We promise you. Trust us,” Rose said.
Milton said it was a hard but life-saving decision.
“No words could describe it. It was just a mother's choice. It's something I had to do. I was in momma mode,” said Milton.
“It's incredible to feel like we might have saved somebody's lives,” Rose said.
“It feels amazing. Best feeling I've ever had in my life and ever will most likely,” added Gallop.
Milton said she lost everything in the fire. Her brother has set up an account for people wanting to help with donations.
Firefighters said eight units were destroyed in the fire. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
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