Aurora fire victim meets her 'guardian angel'

9:28 PM, Aug 24, 2012   |    comments
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On August 6, someone lit the 4th floor of the Fitz Apartment building on fire. Two people died and 25 others were injured.

Alina Raffa, 22, was one of those injured. She had no choice but to jump from her apartment window on the fourth floor straight down to concrete. She broke almost all the bones in both of her feet and fractured her spine.

It was then, when a woman she calls her guardian angel stepped in and pulled her away from the burning building.

Shaina Musco jumped from her apartment on the second floor - which she had just moved into four days prior - and saw Raffa laying in the fetal position. She knew Alina's feet were broken and knew she had to get her away from the burning building.

"She picked me up, and I remember asking her 'are you sure you can carry me?' Then all of a sudden, I was in her arms. She was carrying me to the other side of the parking lot," Raffa said.

"Luckily for me you are really light," Musco remarked.

Musco says although she is being called a hero, she believes Raffa may have saved her life as well.

"I had just gone to sleep," Musco said. "I had my windows open. I heard screaming; screaming is what woke me up."

"I do remember when I hit the ground I started screaming," Raffa said.

Raffa not only has mounting medical bills but she also lost everything she owns in the fire.

An event has been setup for Saturday, August 25 to raise money for her. For more information on that event visit:!/events/122458627893973/ or

Donations can be mailed to: Paul Raffa PO Box 200476, Denver Co. 80224.

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