Florida Deputy Scales Balconies to Rescue Baby From 'Raging' Fire

A sheriff’s deputy climbed up balconies on a burning apartment building in Orlando, Florida, early on April 23, to rescue a one-year-old girl who was trapped with her mother on the third floor, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) said.

Flames were leaping out of the apartment as Deputy William Puzynski climbed up the outside of the building at the Isles at East Millenia complex on Lake Fountain Drive, the sheriff’s office said.

As Puzynski reached the third floor, the mother handed him her child and Puzynski lowered the baby to other deputies on the ground. The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFR) then used a ladder to bring the baby’s mother and grandmother to safety, the sheriff’s office said.

This footage was captured by Puzynski’s body-worn camera which was attached to his outer ballistic vest, OCSO said. Puzynski removed the vest before climbing the building but, thanks to an “amazing twist of fate,” placed it down in a position that allowed the camera to capture what followed, the OCSO said.

Twelve units were directly impacted by the fire and a total of 24 were affected, according to OCFR.

Officials said three people were injured by the blaze, local media reported. Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- How old is your baby? She's 1? Can you--

- Go,go,go.

- Hold on. I'm coming. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on will you. Hold on.

- [INAUDIBLE] burn. [INAUDIBLE] My baby.

- Hand me your baby. Hand me your baby. We're coming. Hand me your baby.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

I'm not going to drop her.

- [INAUDIBLE]

[BABY CRYING]

- Step over that. Are you going to reach down?

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

We need everyone to back up.

- Back up! Back up! Back up!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- We need a bigger ladder! Please come get me. [INAUDIBLE]

- Grab this baby.

- I got it. I got it. I got it. I got it. I got it. I got it.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Please. Please. Please. Please come. Please.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

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