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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police officers and firefighters helped rescue residents from a two-story apartment fire early Thursday.

Around 3 a.m., firefighters were called to a 2nd alarm fire at the Brownstone Apartments in the 2900 block of N.W. 28th.

Fire crews were initially told that there may have been people trapped on the second floor of the complex.

Police officers also responded to the scene to assist firefighters with evacuations.

One resident told KFOR that when she tried to escape, she opened her front door to flames.

That is when she slammed her door shut and started to think of an escape plan for her family.

She started grabbing couch cushions and blankets, hoping it would create a soft landing for them to jump on to.

She then heard police officers yelling from below her window.

"I was like can you please catch my son out this window, please, get my son and they caught my son," Takia Harding told KFOR. "The smoke was getting more intense at that time, the flames were on my front room window."

Fire officials believe the blaze was started after a resident on the first floor of the complex left a candle burning overnight.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Fire officials say one person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation

Eight of the apartment units at the Brownstone Apartments are unlivable.

Thirty-seven people have been displaced due to the fire.

The Red Cross has helped them relocate at this time.

Officials say the building sustained about $250,000 in damages with an additional loss of $150,000 for personal contents.