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Raleigh mom's actions averted potential tragedy

Posted January 19, 2011 11:58 a.m. EST
Updated January 19, 2011 1:45 p.m. EST

— A mother’s quick thinking helped prevent a potential tragedy Tuesday when a fire broke out in her North Raleigh apartment complex.

The mother, who asked that she be referred to only as Mrs. Mohamed, said she was home around 2:30 p.m. at the apartments at 2300 Wesville Court when she noticed smoke coming from the electrical outlets.

She went to open the door to her apartment and says that when she did, she was greeted by a plume of black smoke.

Mohamed rushed back inside to where her 2-year-old son had been sleeping. She woke him, wrapped him in a thick blanket and threw him three stories from her apartment balcony into a bush.

She followed shortly thereafter.

“I was so scared. It was like a nightmare,” Mohamed said. “The only thing I care (about) is my son.”

Both mom and son were taken to a local hospital to be examined. She suffered a few bruises and scrapes. The boy was not hurt.

Mohamed says she feels very lucky to be alive.

Twelve apartments were damaged in the blaze, which fire officials say they believe was started by a young person playing with a lighter.

No one was injured, and the American Red Cross is assisting displaced families.