Fire strikes apartment complex; all residents rescued

Published: July 31, 2007 | 6548th good news item since 2003

Chester Cooper Junior was in his mother’s apartment on the first floor when police say he started the fire. His mother, also in the apartment, is wheelchair bound.

The flames worked fast and hard, moving quickly to the second floor where a pregnant mother and her two children were trapped. Cassidy Doig was just one of three that went to the rescue of the family on the second floor.

“I told them you have to drop the kids because you can’t go down the stairs,” Woodsboro Apartments resident Cassidy Doig said.

For Claire Mosher, great grandmother to the toddlers, she is more than grateful for what her neighbors did.

“Thank you! I don’t know what else to say except thank you for everything,” Mosher said.

It was this window that you’re looking at right now that the children were tossed from—about 12 to 25 feet. But Doig said in the heat of the moment, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

“Theres no thinking about it. I just said, ‘Drop your kid.’ And later, I came back and apologized. I said, ‘Just drop her!’ because you have to. There’s a life on the line,” Doig said.

Cooper was arraigned in the Town of Lysander Court. He was charged with second degree arson, a Class B felony.

Police have not said how they believe Cooper set the fire. The American Red Cross is aiding in housing residents that were put out of their homes because of the fire.

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