An 8-year-old girl broke both her legs jumping off a balcony to escape a fire in the Bronx Wednesday night, but officials say her landing may have saved her life.
At least nine people were injured in the blaze, which broke out on the sixth floor of the 17-story building at 540 East 169th Street around 6:30 p.m.
The girl was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive after officials said she jumped from a sixth-floor balcony to escape the flames and unbearable heat.
She landed on dirt, not pavement, and although she broke both legs, the fire chief says her landing may have saved her life.
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