Girls called heroes for saving young children from fire

Girls called heroes for saving young children from fire

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DECATUR, Ga. -

Two girls are being called heroes after helping to rescue three young children from a burning building in Decatur.

Marie Anelus' family lost almost everything after their neighbor's apartment on North Decatur Road  below them caught fire. But she and her husband Harold did not lose what is most precious to them: their children. 

With fire raging all around her in her apartment, Marie said she made the decision to drop her newborn baby, Diana, to Zna Gresham, who was on the ground below outside.  The mother says she first put her faith in God, and then her trust in the arms of the 10-year-old girl 20 feet below her.

"I was kind of scared, but then I felt kind of happy," Zna Gresham said on Thursday.

Marie also tossed out 3-year-old Pierre Richard and his 1-year-old brother Sebastian.

Sebastian remains in the hospital with a neck injury.

Marie says there was another little girl down below who helped catch her two sons.  She does not know that child's name, but would like to thank her as well.

Fourteen people were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting those families.

More than 2.5 million people viewed Zna's story on the FOX 5 Facebook page, with more than 150,000 people taking time to "Like" the post.  View some of the comments here (feel free to leave your own!)

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