A 24-year-old mother and two of her children died in a fire after the woman saved her three other children by telling them to jump out the window.
Friends identify the mother recently separated from her husband as Eileen Armstrong, known as Allie. They said she had been recently facing financial difficulties after giving birth to her two month old daughter.
Witnesses watched in horror Wednesday morning as Armstrong stood inside her burning townhouse unit on the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. She told her 6 year old son and 8 year old son to jump to the ground to safety. She then saved the infant’s life by throwing her from a second floor window into the arms of a friend outside.
But neighbors never saw her after she disappeared inside to rescue her 3 year old and 5 year old sons. Flames spread too rapidly and they watched helpless.
Fireground audio from triple-fatal fire in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lorton mother saves 3 children but dies trying to get to 2 others.