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Arsonist Forces Family to Drop Baby Off Balcony
PIQUA -- An arsonist is to blame for the fire at a Piqua house Friday morning.
"My hands are still a little charred but they are getting better you can see," said Chris Haley after he spent the weekend in the hospital.
An arsonist set his home on fire early Friday morning. With flames behind them, He and his wife Cassandra were forced to drop their one year old daughter Savanah off this 13 foot balcony into a neighbors arms.
"It was that or she was going to die. I didn't know how fast the fire behind me was going," said Cassandra.
Savanah suffered from smoke inhalation but crawled away unscarred.
"I had a blanket over the top of her face just to try and block the smoke as much as you can," said Cassandra.
The house downstairs has a lot of water damage but as you start going up the stairs you'll notice nothing left. From a box of Cornflakes, to Cassandra's piggy bank, their home is now gone.
"I hope for her sake something is done about this and they catch who ever did this and justice comes quick," said Haley. "It's a one-year-old who has done nothing to nobody. Why would you want to harm an innocent child who has done nothing to you. I understand if you have a problem with me but why would you want to take it out on my child,"
The arsonists put 7 lives in danger. A family of four was living downstairs.
"I was sleeping me and my boy who's in a wheelchair were sleep," said Pat Byerly. "He woke me up and I said why do I have to get up and then our dog started barking then I got my house shoes on looked out the window and said what's that fire!"
The landlord placed both families in a new home and even helped get them going.
"I gave them about 25 to 30 shirts about six pair pants," said Roy Howard. "We wear the same size, didn't have anything for the baby though."
Even though they are having to start over, Cassandra and her family are just thankful to be alive, knowing it was a very close call.
"I dropped the baby to him after he said I got her," said Haley. "I went over to see him the next day when I got out of the hospital and I told him thank you for being my neighbor he's a good guy."
The state Fire Marshal asks that anyone with information give them a call at 1-800-589-2728.
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