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WATCH: This video shows firefighters tossing children from a third floor burning apartment


Imagine being a firefighter and realizing the only way to save children trapped during a fire is to toss them three stories down to safety.

That is exactly what this newly released video from the DeKalb County Georgia Fire Rescue Department shows.

The blaze began on Jan. 3 at 5:30 a.m. at some apartments in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Firefighters were catching babies and children who were tossed from the burning building, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Crump.

"I had engine 3 with my next units on scene. They quickly had a ladder up on the third floor balcony and started taking the victims down. The adults that were holding the babies dropped the babies to our personnel. Captain Peckwell and Captain Stewart each caught babies."
Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Crump

There were no life-threatening injuries, but at least 12 people, including four adults and eight children, were hospitalized.

Large flames and plumes of smoke billowed out of the apartment building; at least 20 units were impacted , according to DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson.

Our affiliate KUTV contributed to this story.

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