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Baby caught after falling off balcony

Published October 2, 2006

DENVER - A baby girl dangling by one hand from a third-floor balcony was spared death when she fell into the arms of a neighbor who waited underneath, police said Sunday.

The 9-month-old's mother had left her with her 10- and 13-year-old brothers Saturday while she went to work, police said. The boys left the apartment, and the girl crawled through a door they had left open.

The girl was hanging over a concrete sidewalk 18½ feet above the ground when neighbor Mary Bussey and her son, Brandon Bussey, noticed her, police said.

Mary Bussey waited under the child while her son ran upstairs, and the girl fell into her arms.

Officials said the baby was healthy and safe. She has been placed in the custody of the Denver Department of Social Services.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone would be charged.

Firefighters near end of fight against huge blaze

OJAI, Calif. - California firefighters were in the final stage of surrounding one of the biggest blazes in state history, which has burned 254 square miles of brush and timber since erupting Sept. 4.

The fire, ignited by someone burning debris, burned mainly in the Los Padres and Angeles national forests. At one point, it threatened the Ventura County communities of Ojai, Santa Paula and Fillmore.

The fire destroyed one rural home and damaged another. It also burned a handful of structures including barns, sheds, an unoccupied cabin and a camping trailer.

Meanwhile, a wildfire near Bridgeport, Wash., threatened several homes Sunday, fire officials said. The wind-driven blaze was burning over 8,000 acres, or more than 12 square miles. It was 25 percent contained Sunday evening, said Dan Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol's fire protection bureau.

[Last modified October 2, 2006, 01:45:17]

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