Fire officials responded to a 3-alarm fire in Haverhill Wednesday afternoon that spread to a nearby wooded area.
The fire started at 21 Forest Acres Dr. just after 1 p.m. Wednesday and quickly spread to the woods behind the building where several acres were burned.
Fire officials on the scene say a woman and her child were hospitalized after the woman jumped from the second floor of the building.
“I actually went around the back of the building where there was a female who had jumped from her second story balcony with her son in her arms,” Haverhill Police Sgt. Meaghan Buckley said.
The woman was taken from the scene on a stretcher and transported Lawrence General Hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Boston where she will undergo surgery for a back injury she suffered.
“I saw her go by on the stretcher. I saw the EMTs come and then they took the stretcher out then she came by on the stretcher. She looked distressed, she didn’t have any shoes on and there was some soot on her. I just felt horrible for her,” Natalie Ruvola, a witness, said.
Family members say the toddler is doing fine.
“He just got a bump on the head, that's about it, they're going to run some tests, everything's alright,” a family member said.
There are not believed to be any other human injuries although several pets were trapped and possibly killed by the blaze.
“I can’t believe it, I’m astonished. I never thought this would happen. I just feel bad, people lost their cats and everything in this fire. I just feel bad, I’m glad our family is OK,” Melissa Pienta, a resident of the complex, said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but officials believe it started in the back of the first floor and burned from the outside in.
The Red Cross is assisting a total of 46 residents who were displaced by the fire.
Crews are expected to tear down the building Thursday morning.