Italy Spears has been limping since she woke up. The 7-year-old has to lean on friends to get around what's left her Wynbrook Way apartment complex.
But after what happened there early Sunday morning, Italy is lucky she's only limping.
Neighbors say Italy, her sister and pregnant mother narrowly escaped their burning apartment unit in North Charlotte by jumping out of a second story window.
"She was trapped at the front and the back door," said friend and neighbor Karita Leach. "She had to jump out the window, she had no choice."
"It went from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds."
Leach and other neighbors say they woke up to screams their apartment building was on fire around 4:30 Sunday morning.
50 firefighters responded to the fire and the fire was controlled in about 30 minutes, according to Charlotte Fire.
The American Red Cross said the fire affected the homes of 11 people including four families and four units.
"It was crazy," said Leach.
Especially when you consider Italy and her family had to jump from a second story window to escape danger.
"My mom she just pulled us out the bed and we had to jump out the window," said Italy, who later said the experience was fun.
Leach says Italy's little sister was dropped into the arms of a neighbor first.
Then Italy jumped down. She says she hurt her leg and has a few cuts but is OK.
"They're real small," said Willie Walker, a family friend. "That's a long jump for two little girls."
Italy's mother came down last diving from the second floor window to safety. She was one of two people taken to the hospital as a precaution because of her pregnancy.
For the next few days Leach says she's looking after Italy and her sister while their mom is getting medical attention.
Leach says her friend will also be OK.
"I thank god that she saved her family too," said neighbor Wanda Schuler, who's 81-year-old mother was also taken to the hospital for a check-up.
The American Red Cross is assisting the victims by providing access to shelter, food, clothes, and comfort kits.
Charlotte Fire is actively investigating what caused the blaze.
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