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Mother drops three kids off balcony to save them from apartment fire on Indy's northwest side

Posted at 8:07 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 11:41:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS  -- A mother dropped her three young children from a balcony to save them from an apartment fire Saturday night on Indianapolis' northwest side.

Crews from the Indianapolis Fire Department and Pike Township fire responded around 7:30 p.m. to the La Joya  Apartments at 4514 Candletree Circle.

Flames were coming through the roof when they arrived on the scene.

The children - ages 9 months, 5 years and 3 years - were dropped by their mother from a second story balcony to a neighbor below. The kids were not hurt, but the their mom was slightly injured when she jumped herself.

Authorities say the fire started in the family's apartment when the children were taking a bath

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion. 

The Red Cross is helping 16 families displaced by the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

Watch above to see home video of the fire (courtesy: Moises Ayala)