Posted at: 02/23/2013 6:21 PM
Updated at: 02/23/2013 11:16 PM
By: Lily Jamali
A Saratoga County family believes the birth of their newborn girl, Adelyn, saved their lives.
She was born as fire ravaged much of her parents' Ballston Avenue home in Saratoga Springs Thursday night.
As tragedy unfolded, they got the best 9 pound, 12 ounce gift they could have asked for.
At first, it seemed the timing couldn't have been worse.
Ryan Pierce was about to witness Adelyn's birth when he found out his family's home was on fire.
"I was on my way to the operating room when we received the phone call. I had to go in and keep it together throughout the whole C-section. It was definitely hard to deal with," Pierce said.
His mind raced, worrying about their home and the prospect that they'd have nowhere to take Adelyn once she came into the world.
"You got nowhere to live. You got nowhere to lay your head at night. It's not something you have to deal with every day, you know?," Pierce said.
He only told his girlfriend, new mom Sarah Attanasio, after Adelyn's birth.
"He held it together. He was amazing. He was wonderful and so brave," Attanasio said.
Despite Sarah's shock, a realization soon set in: Adelyn's timing was actually spot on.
The couple live in an apartment at 79 Ballston Avenue, with Attanasio's father living in another, now-ruined unit in the house, and her mother living next door.
All of them were at the hospital for Adelyn's birth, not at home where the fire could have harmed them.
"I feel she came here at the perfect time. She came early. She brought us all here together. She brought us here and saved us all. She's a miracle," Attanasio said.
Although the fire burned most of the structure, the apartment Pierce and Attanasio share came out mostly unscathed... good news to complement the best news of all.
"We have a healthy baby and we're going to give her all the love we could possibly give her," Pierce said.
There was some damage to the couple's apartment but they will be staying with Attanasio's mother until they can return.
The Red Cross has provided financial assistance.
The fire's cause is still under investigation. Officials believe it may have stemmed from electrical problems.