TROY, NY – A woman sustained serious burns after saving a baby from an apartment fire in Troy early Sunday morning.
Officials say the fire happened at Griswold Heights Apartments around 3:00 a.m.
29-year-old Shontal Gaymon is being called a "hero" after saving the one-year-old baby from the fire. Gaymon is a neighbor of the apartment, said she saw smoke coming from the burning home and realized that there might be a child inside.
Troy Police Spokesman Captain John Cooney says the child's caretaker put the baby down in the playpen then went to a neighbor's house to visit for a few minutes, leaving the baby alone in the apartment.
Captain Cooney says the baby was treated for minor burns and released from the hospital.
Gaymon is currently in stable condition at Westchester Burn Center.
The American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to four people after the fire. Two adults and two children were given financial assistance for food, clothing, and temporary lodging.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Police are also investigating to see if charges should be filed against the baby's caretaker.