Flames and thick dark smoke are what a mother and her son say they woke up to in their Northwest Miami-Dade home Sunday morning.
A fire had started in their house, and what began as an escape turned into a rescue mission for the trapped mother.
45-year-old Cedric Cooper says he initially jumped out of a window, leaving his mother, 64-year-old Rose Williams, inside. He somehow says he managed to hear his mother's voice and guided her to a window that had no railing covering it.
"I actually pulled her, she couldn't pull herself out," Cooper says. "And then, someone pulled me."
Help came at a critical time.
Miami-Dade firefighters had arrived to the scene and helped Cooper rescue his mother.
"We just happened to arrive at the right time and our rescue crews finished up the job," one official said.
Williams was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. She and her son say they only sustained a few scratches and bruises.
The home they were renting however was left uninhabitable.
Despite that, their spirits have not been broken.
"Behind every storm there is sunshine," Cooper says.
Fire officials have not released any information on what caused the fire.