Chicago police officers save two boys from burning fire

Chicago police officers save two boys from burning fire

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago police officer Samantha Smith and her partner officer Kevin Tate were heading back to the station Tuesday evening when they saw smoke billowing out of a West Pullman building.

SEE: Firefighters, police officer among 8 hurt in West Pullman fire

In a matter of seconds, both would find themselves on the scene of a chaotic fire, with two children hanging out the second story of a burning building.

Officers Smith and Tate knew they had to act fast.

"We jumped out of the car, and we both, not thinking ran toward it and ran in and discovered that the smoke was too strong and we came out and heard kids yelling and people yelling that people were trapped inside the house," Smith remembers.

The fire too was too intense to enter the building. Officer Tate knew time was running out.

"We had to figure out something to do to get the kids," Tate recalled. "It wasn't a wait moment. Let's try to put a plan together and get the kids."

But there was only real way to save the two kids, 8 and 11 years old. Get them to jump out the window.

"There was a citizen below telling him to jump and he would catch him. I told him to hold on, let's all get together and see if we could catch them," Tate tells FOX 32.

Officer Smith said she begged the first child to leap. It worked.

"It was like everyone's hands were inside, so when he started to come down, we just all made a move in so he would brace," says Tate.

Officer Smith injured her arm when they caught the second child.

"I feel pretty good considering the circumstances," Smith says. "I'm just happy that the kids got out safely."

As for all of the hero talk, these officers have a different take on how things went down.

"I don't feel like we are heroes," Smith says of the situation. "I feel like God put us in that place. He just used us, that's all."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Seven people were injured including two firefighters.

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