When Lackawanna firefighters arrived early Saturday morning at an apartment fire in Ingham Avenue, they saw residents jumping out of the building and other crawling out of second-story windows onto a porch roof.
Fire firefighters went into the building and rescued a mother and her child. They also led others down ladders.
"There were people jumping out of the upper floor," said Lackawanna Fire Chief Ralph Galanti.
"We were able to go in and rescue a mother and 3-year-old in an upper apartment," the chief said. "We also assisted four others down ladders."
Firefighters were called at 3:23 a.m. to the four-unit apartment building at 79 Ingham Ave. Four families, roughly 20 people, lived in the apartment building and were displaced by the fire. Seven people were injured and taken to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo
The injured included the rescued mother, who suffered from smoke inhalation and was listed in critical condition, Galanti said.
"It's suspicious," Galanti said of the fire. "It started in a common hallway."
The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Fire officials estimated damage to the structure at around $50,000.