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Teen jumps from burning building in Stroudsburg

Teen jumps from burning building in Stroudsburg

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A teenager in Monroe County is lucky to be alive, after she jumped from a burning building Monday afternoon.

Officials said the 16-year-old was trapped inside an attic bedroom of a house at Lower Main and Second streets in Stroudsburg.

Zujey Rivera was cleaning the home on second street when the fire erupted just before 1 p.m.

"I just kind of freaked out. I didn't want to leave her in there. I was like, 'We have to get her out somehow, some way,'" Rivera said.

She tried everything she could to rescue the teen, but struggled against a wall fire.

"It was on the walls, it was just going up. everything was just going up," Rivera said.

But seemingly out of nowhere, came the help they needed.

Glenn Thomas was on his way home from the grocery store when he came across the fire.

"I just seen her hanging out the top of a three story window. There was smoke coming out," Thomas said.

Thomas dropped everything to help her down.

"I was just like, 'alright, I got you.' I went under and put my hand out. And she just let herself go and I grabbed her," Thomas said.

Officials said it was about a 25-foot drop.

Though she dropped from a third floor window to the ground, the teen's only injuries were reportedly from wounds suffered when smashing the window.

She was soon taken to a hospital.

EMS officials tell us she's expected to be okay.

Firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

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