TROY A Troy woman is being hailed as a guardian angel after rescuing an infant from a burning apartment.
Firefighters and police were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to the scene of a fire at Griswold Heights apartments.
Before the emergency responders arrived however, the as-yet-unnamed 29-year-old woman, a next-door neighbor, took action.
According to police, an infant had been left alone in a playpen while the baby’s guardian was out.
The door to the apartment was locked, so the woman went through the communal courtyard, entered the back door and ran through smoke and flames to retrieve the child. The woman was seriously burned, police said.
“We’re seen a hero in action,” said Capt. John Cooney. “We credit her entirely with saving the life of this child.”
The woman was brought to Westchester Burn Center were she is being treated for second- and third-degree burns to the face, arms and torso.
The infant is being treated for second-degree burns to the leg.
According to Cooney, the infant’s location in the floor-level playpen may have been a decisive factor in surviving the fire.
“If the infant had been three feet off the ground in a crib,” he said, “the heat and smoke would have been much worse.”
Firefighters quickly doused the flames and while there were heavy damages, the building will most likely be repaired.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze and whether there was reckless conduct on the part of the infant’s guardian.