CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Anne Taylor of Cambridge once called Tyler's Apartment Complex at 507 Race St. n Cambridge home. Now, all that's left is a charred building and charred memories.
Taylor was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and strains to talk. She said the black smoke from Sunday night's fire was so overwhelming she had nowhere else to go to survive but through the window.
"I was opening my front door and I saw nothing but black smoke, I immediately shut the door and opened my back window," she said. "I climbed out the window and I was sitting on the ledge, and I say, 'Someone help me, help me I am pregnant!' And I was screaming at the top of my lungs."
While standing and waiting for help, Taylor said her neighbors were jumping from the second and third stories onto the concrete below.
"There are some nights where I can't sleep," Taylor said. "It's just, all I saw was people falling and jumping out of windows, it was just too much."
Fortunately for Taylor, a firefighter got her down with a ladder. Looking back on it now, Taylor, who is 8-weeks pregnant, knows she was lucky.
"It was devastating. I was crying hysterically. I am still really upset. It was just something that I would never imagine in a million years that it would ever happen," Taylor said.
Nearly two-dozen occupants of 507 Race St. are left with no possessions, but all feel fortunate to have their lives.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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