Vanessa Scott said she held Zaniwah Alexandra out the window so she could breathe.

Story taken from NY Daily


Here is the dramatic picture of a 7-month-old girl being dangled precariously out the fifth-floor window of a burning Bronx apartment on Monday.

The photo, taken by neighbor Maya Tucker, shows how close to death little Zaniwah Alexandra came before firefighters scaled ladders to save her.

Zaniwah’s cousin, Vanessa Scott, 18, told the Daily News she held the baby out the window so she could breathe.

“I slid the baby through the [child guard] bars,” said Scott, who suffered smoke inhalation in the 2 p.m. blaze at the Pelham Parkway Houses that started in a closet.

“There was just smoke everywhere and flames. I couldn’t get anywhere except for the window,” she said. “You couldn’t see anything.”

Firefighters scaled a ladder to pluck Zaniwah from the window and save Scott and eight other relatives, including Zaniwah’s mother and 2-year-old sister, from the blaze.

Zaniwah’s father, Michel Alexandra, survived by jumping from a window.

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