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Hero injured when saving elderly woman from apartment fire

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A fire moved fast and furiously through an apartment building on Cherry Hill Trail in Inkster early Saturday morning. The only way for some of the people inside to escape the flames was by jumping from a window.
    
An elderly woman was trapped on the third floor. A man below, Robert Sandul, extended his arms and gave her the okay to make the leap.

"He told her, 'You've got to jump. There's no way out, You've got to jump.' He's like, 'I'll try to catch you as best as I can,' and she jumped and he caught her," says Kelly Hull, a friend of Sandul's.

She survived the jump uninjured. But tonight her hero is in the hospital battling serious injuries.

"Bobby was laying on the ground and he couldn't move, and when he got put in the ambulance and went to the hospital they found out he was paralyzed from the neck down," Hull says. Call it a miracle, but after surgery on Sunday his nerve sensation started to return. He's undergoing his second surgery Monday.

Due to his injury, Sandul will have to be off work for the next six months. He is also one of nine families to lose everything in the fire.

The American Red Cross has been providing food, clothing and temporary shelter for the victims.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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