Woman runs into burning building in Kansas City to warn residents

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One woman was taken to the hospital after a metro apartment building caught on fire. It happened Sunday evening near 29th and Flora.

Before firefighters were able to get on scene, a bystander saw smoke and ran towards the flames.

It was a scary afternoon for a group of metro women. Tiara Day had been celebrating her bridal shower and was dropping a friend off at her apartment near 29th and Flora.

“She came back knocking on the windows, 'it's a fire, it's a fire! Call 911!'” Day said.

Day started to see smoke coming from the building. Without thinking twice, Day started running toward it.

“I just jumped out of my car, ran right in, started banging on people's doors,” Day said.

Day tried to get to as many doors as she could. An elderly woman answered the door on the first floor and smoke started billowing out.

“Black, real black thick smoke," she recalled.

There was a disoriented elderly woman inside. Day yelled to run.

“Get out! It's a fire, it's a fire!” she called

Firefighters got on scene and got it under control, contained to a kitchen, where the elderly woman was cooking.

Firefighters say Day was very brave, but they never advise people to run into burning buildings.

“You'd do a lot better than just sitting in the car and whaling on the horn then going back into a building with that much smoke in it,” Mike Cashen said.

Day says she couldn’t stop herself. She knew the elderly woman inside needed her help.

“It's just instinct,” Day said.

Everyone was able to get out of the building. Day says if she had it to do all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

“I'm extremely happy. I work in a nursing home with elderly people. All of them that got out, that's a good thing.”

The elderly woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

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