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Neighbor Sees Toddler In Window Of House Fire


Davenport firefighters rescue a two year old boy from a burning home this morning.

He was home alone and the department had to break a window to get him out.

He's ok tonight, after some quick thinking from neighbors down the street.

Rebecca Buxbaum has lived down the street from the house that caught fire for three years. She sees her neighbors occasionally, but this morning, saw something she hopes never to see again.

"Up by the window I saw a little boy beating on the window, crying, gasping for air so I literally started screaming, all the neighbors and everybody around come running," says Buxbaum.

She had been outside already, but ran down the street when she heard a noise.

"I was having my sale this morning, and I was sitting there, it was like fireworks, kind of sparking, and so we came running over here, my husband grabbed the phone and called 911," says Buxbaum.

She feared the worst would happen to the boy in front of her eyes.

"There were flames and smoke up by the kitchen windows, all you could see was just black smoke," says Buxbaum.

"I was just screaming at the neighbors, whoever for help."

She says rescue crews arrived quickly and got to work getting the boy out.

"He was quickly pulled out appears to be doing quite well, he was taken to the hospital," says Davenport District Chief Paul Hartman.

He says a firefighter cut his hand getting through the window.

"Other than that it was a usual, everyday, small room fire," says Hartman.

An unusual event for Buxbaum though.

"It was heartbreaking," she said, but at the very least, successful.

The fire department says the fire started in the kitchen.

It was put out quickly.

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