WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- One apartment complex resident fell from a two-story window when she tried to escape a fire on Sunday.
The blaze started around 2 p.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 1300 block of Peabody Street in Northwest, D.C.
Firefighters arrived just in time to rescue people from the building.
"Please I said I don't want to die. I knew the fire was going to come up."
People were hanging from windows contemplating on jumping. Thankfully firefighters arrived in time to help Alfredo Coreas from his second story apartment.
"I use the ladder coming down," Alfredo Coreas.
The fire started in the basement storage room. Heavy smoke filled the building and that's when residents started to panic.
"I opened the door I started crying I was confused."
The scratches hardly tell the anxious moments before Alfredo's wife fell from their window.
He tried to hang on to her as long as he could but she slipped from his hands and was taken to a trauma hospital.
Firefighters rescued several people down portable ladders and ladder trucks.
One woman was told to shelter in place, but the family caretaker couldn't wait any longer.
" I was so scared, smoke kill you more than fire."
Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which was mainly contained to the basement. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
The Mayors office is helping any families who are displaced.