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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:50 PM
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Dramatic photo of baby hanging out window of burning Bronx apartment
Source: NY Daily News



Here is the dramatic picture of a 7-month-old girl being dangled precariously out the fifth-floor window of a burning Bronx apartment on Monday.

The photo, taken by neighbor Maya Tucker, shows how close to death little Zaniwah Alexandra came before firefighters scaled ladders to save her.

Zaniwah's cousin, Vanessa Scott, 18, told the Daily News she held the baby out the window so she could breathe.

"I slid the baby through the bars," said Scott, who suffered smoke inhalation in the 2 p.m. blaze at the Pelham Parkway Houses that started in a closet.
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Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/02/16/2010-02-16_h...
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:52 PM
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1. Not sure I can think of too many things scarier then that
Edited on Tue Feb-16-10 01:56 PM by Tailormyst
So glad they were saved.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:52 PM
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2. Horrifying!
Thank God everyone is okay.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:55 PM
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3. First question that came to mind: Why are there bars on a fifth-story window?
I know, kinda off-topic and hardly the point here, but still, isn't that weird?
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:57 PM
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4. It says in the article. They're child-guard bars.
Edited on Tue Feb-16-10 02:01 PM by Drunken Irishman
Probably making sure the child doesn't fall out the window which seems to happen an awful lot.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:02 PM
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6. Oy. Talk about yer irony. n/t
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 01:57 PM
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5. So a child can't fall out the window
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Infomaniac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:29 PM
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11. NYC Regulation
There is a NYC housing requlation that says child guards are required in apartments housing children age 10 and under. I think you can waive the installation requirement in writing. I just filled out a form for my coop attesting that I have no children under age 10 living with me.

They're not a bad idea. In the warmer weather we have frequent news reports of young children seriously injured or killed from falls out of hi-rise windows.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:29 PM
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12. They're actually fairly common in NY
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:54 PM
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13. Remember Eric Clapton's son's fall because of no window guards...
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:07 PM
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7. Amazingly sensible thing to do
...especially under stress like that. I've got an 8 month-old who's big for her age, I could hold her for a long time with one hand -- especially if I knew it would keep her from smoke inhalation.

Kudos to mom.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:19 PM
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10. When that "protect the kid" thing kicks in, it is pretty amazing.
I've told the story of chasing a burglar on a hot prowl out of my room many times but the reason I did it was because my year old was on the other side of the wall. Had I been alone, who knows what would have happened.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:56 PM
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14. It was her 18 year old cousin.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 05:07 PM
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17. So it was.
All the more impressive for a cool head.
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 05:09 PM
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18. Amen. Kudos to the mom nt
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:09 PM
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8. I thought Jacko was dead.
Seriously, glad the firefighters were able to complete the rescue.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:16 PM
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9. See link---Pulitzer prize winner of same type of terrifying photo.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 03:10 PM
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15. That photo
always gives me the chills.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 06:19 PM
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19. Me too----and the fact that the photographer got the shot at that
precise moment in days before digital cameras.

I remember when it happened as if it were yesterday-----a sad,sad, situation.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 04:06 PM
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16. Now there's a hero. Quick thinking Vanessa.
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