Residents help neighbors escape fire at Mission apartments - KCTV5


Apartment resident thanks woman who alerted her to fire

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When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the Hillsborough Apartments. (Photo courtesy: Brandon Gonzalez) When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the Hillsborough Apartments. (Photo courtesy: Brandon Gonzalez)

Nearly two dozen people are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after a large fire swept through a Mission apartment building.

The following day, one woman came face-to-face with the person who saved her life during an emotional reunion.

Families returned Wednesday to see what personal items they could save from what's left of the devastating fire at Hillsborough Apartments, located in the 5400 block of Foxridge Drive. Twenty-two people are without a home after the blaze broke out about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

"Thank God I'm alive. Thank God everyone is alive and OK," Judy Marler said.

Marler was back at the scene with an empty box, ready to fill it with any of her belongings that may have survived the raging fire the broke out Tuesday night in Mission, KS. She was watching TV when she heard a big bang on her door.

"It scared me and I went over to the door, it was a woman, so I opened door and asked what's wrong. (She said) ‘There's a fire and you need to get out right away,'" Marler remembered.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the building.

Marler grabbed her coat and purse and ran out. In all the commotion, she lost track of the woman who was her lifesaving angel.

"I don't even remember what she looked like, you're so shocked, and I wish I knew who she was so I can thank her," she said.

Turns out the woman was 22-year-old Claire Boldry, who lives across the street and saw the ball of fire.

KCTV5's Sandra Olivas got a hold of Boldry on the phone and she came to see Marler - the two hadn't seen each other since the night before.

"Hi, I'm so glad that you were there at the right time and you saved a lot of people probably," Marler told the young woman.

Boldry said she's in nursing school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her instinct to help others kicked in.

"I just feel like God put me here at the right place at the right time. In that moment, I had to be the one to go and do this because I was the only one that could," she said.

Her friend took a picture of Boldry standing in front of the burning apartment building calling 911. Boldry then ran past the two balconies that were on fire and knocked on every door she could.

"It's precious time when things like that are happening. We have minutes and no one else here to do it, so I can do it," Boldry said. "I just went in and wasn't thinking about the fire, just getting out as many people as I could."

"It makes you realize what's really important in life, and that's people," Marler said.

Other families said Boldry helped them get out too and no one was hurt because of her quick action.

One man who lives in the apartment got a frantic phone call from his girlfriend to check on their cat.

"I get a phone call from my girlfriend. She was hysterical. Glad that I was OK but wanted me to do anything I could do get to the cat. I ran about a half-mile, hopped a fence and had firefighters do the rest. They did the hard work," resident Brent Eaton said.

The Red Cross helped families impacted by the fire.

Right now there is no official word yet on what caused the fire.

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