By Steve Neavling
Muckraker Report

As thick smoke and churning flames moved in on Sheresa Johnson and her three young children late Tuesday night, the 25-year-old mother had just one option to save her family and herself – a second-floor window on Detroit’s west side.

Johnson whisked her children, ages 1 to 5, and tossed them from the window and into the hands of people on the front lawn. She jumped as flames began to devour the two-story brick building on the 1600 block of Glendale.

They were among eight people, including a firefighter, who were injured in the blaze, which appears to have started in the basement, possibly from an electrical outlet, fire officials said.

Johnson said her children’s Christmas gifts were destroyed in the fire. She set up a fundraiser to help her family start over again.

“I lost everything I owned,” she said.

No serious injuries were reported.

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