DERRY -- A 2-year-old was dropped into the arms of rescuers by his mother from a second-floor window as the pair escaped a house fire Monday morning.
The Derry Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in 6 Morningside Drive at 5 a.m., according to a news release.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke in both floors of the duplex, on the left side.
Two adults got out of the building through the basement, but a 24-year-old woman and her son were trapped on the second floor.
According to Battalion Chief Scott Haggart, the mother dropped the child from the window into the waiting arms of family members below.
She then jumped from the window herself.
“She was injured in the fall. She landed on the deck with a … table and umbrella-type set,” Haggart said.
Both mother and child were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Haggart said the boy suffered some smoke inhalation but no burns. The other two adults were uninjured.
Smoke detectors did not alert the occupants of the fire. Two small dogs did not survive.
“Every homeowner should make sure they have working smoke detectors,” the press release written by Battalion Chief Bill Gillis states.
Haggart said the fire was confined to the first floor for the most part, but there was also some fire on the basement stairs, and there was heat and smoke damage throughout the entire structure.
Mutual aid to the scene came from Londonderry, Windham and Salem while fire crews from Hudson, Salem, Pelham and Manchester provided station coverage.
The fire was under control by 6 a.m.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Derry’s Fire Prevention Bureau. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants.