Stepdad catches teen daughters who jump out of second story window of burning house

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016)-- Two teen girls jumped out of a window of a burning home to escape the flames and their stepdad caught them on the way down.

“Just go to the window, I swear to god I’ll catch you guys. I swear I will catch you guys,” remembers the teen girls' stepdad Sam Hudson.

Hudson replays the terrifying moments he nearly lost his teen daughters in a house fire early Thursday morning. The two girls barely escaped from the upstairs window.

“Come on please, I got you! Jump!,” Hudson remembers saying.

Hudson talked to CBS4 about the horrifying moments his daughters disappeared into the thick smoke.

“Black smoke just pouring out so I really could not see anything,” said Hudson.

His stepdaughters, 12-year-old Zyshantie and 13-year-old Zyautica Appleton broke out of the windows and jumped into his arms.

“My oldest daughter had Zyshantie by her ankles trying to lower her out of the window. I was standing underneath them and she was coming straight down at me. I had to run up closer to the house and grab them,” said Hudson.

The girls made it out alive but Zyautica was severely burned and remains in the hospital Thursday night.

“I really almost lost my family. I really almost lost my babies,” said Hudson.

IFD says the fire was accidental, but are still investigating how is started. The smoke detectors inside of the home did not go off during the blaze.

“The girls have a smoke detector in their room, if it is not melted off of the wall. We did not hear it at all,” said Hudson.

The family lost their home and belongings and is now trying to figure out what is next. A crowdfunding page has been set up by the family here.

“We need clothes so the girls can at least go to school. We are trying to figure out someway to get shelter over their heads. That is what we need,” said Hudson.​


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