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Baby and two adults rescued from West Memphis apartment fire

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- "Yea, first time. I'm used to kind of getting cats out of trees, but you know."

It wasn't a cat that West Memphis Fire Lt. Anthony Miller rescued early Thursday morning.

It was 1-year-old Keraney.

The story of the little girl's rescue began when her home at the Riverbend Apartments went up in flames. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw Keraney, her mother and another person trapped on an apartment balcony as flames consumed the structure behind them.

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Valencia Patterson and 1-year-old Keraney were saved from a fire at their West Memphis apartment complex Thursday morning.

Lt. Miller said he knew time was of the essence.

"I kept telling her 'Just drop her, let her go,'" he said.

Valencia Patterson said that was harder than she could have ever imagined.

"He was there at the right time. I was scared, I had to close my eyes when I dropped her because that was a shocking moment right there," she told WREG while holding her toddler close to her Thursday afternoon.

Other firefighters were able to raise a ladder and help the two adults to safety.

Remarkably no one was injured.

Fire investigators said they believe the entire incident was caused by a small kitchen fire that spread to the rest of the building.