As those flames devoured her building, Simoes grabbed Cameron, and looked for a way out. She opened the front door, saw thick smoke, and knew she was trapped.
"I ran all the way to the furthest bedroom in the apartment thinking that maybe I could wait for a firefighter. I looked out the window again, I realized there wasn't going to be any time to wait for a firefighter," she said.
And in those precious seconds, there was no time for being scared."At that point, I got up into the window and I put my legs out, and then I grabbed my son and I gave him a kiss. Told him I love him and then I jumped," Simoes explained.
She hit the ground hard, and broke her back, but she protected Cameron.
"When I fell, I broke my vertebrae so, I landed on my feet. But then I fell straight to the ground. He was perfectly fine. He didn't hit anything," she said.
She underwent surgery to have a rod put in her back Wednesday night.Heavy smoke could be seen pouring out of the building around 2 p.m., and part of the building's roof was burned away. The fire was so powerful, that flames spread to the woods behind the building and caused a brush fire. The deputy fire chief says the fire was so strong because it had a head start; it originated in the back of the building, initially hidden from view.