Lesley Colonia spotted the blaze the minute she opened her neighbor’s door. Thanks to the loft’s open layout, the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing student had a clear line of sight into the apartment where a fire burned atop the kitchen island.
“I didn’t even really think,” Colonia said. “I went into survival mode. I was just like, ‘Oh my god, what do I need to do to stop this?’”