Couple kicks, punches though wall to escape house fire


by Erika Flores

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Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 2:12 PM

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PHOENIX -- A couple kicked and punched through a wall to get out of their home to escape a fire over the weekend.

That happened near 39th Avenue and McDowell Road Sunday evening.

Firefighters said the couple heard a pop, tried to open the door, saw flames, and then shut the door, only to realize that they were stuck inside their one-bedroom rental, which is on the back porch of a larger home.

The family who lives in the main home said they were outside on the front porch when they smelled the smoke then ran back, saw the flames and called 911.

"That fire escalated quick, and it just caught on fire and we are just waiting to see the damages because I don't know if my stuff got damaged; everybody is OK. We don't know where the people in the back are, but I heard that they are OK," Juan Chacon Lagarda said.

He said he did not know the couple was stuck inside the rental.

Firefighters said several engines were called in to help because the couple was trapped.

"When he opened the door, which only goes outside to the porch, it was fully engulfed in flames and closed the door very quickly and realized he was trapped. It was the only way he had (besides) out the bathroom window which was too small to crawl out," said Capt. Tony Mure of the Phoenix Fire Department.

According to Mure said the 26-year-old man punched and kicked the wall of the rental to get himself and his  21-year-old girlfriend out.

Lagarda said his family is not sure what will happen next, but  they're just glad no one got hurt, and that the couple made it out safely.

Firefighters said the 26-year-old had minor injuries to his hand from punching the wall, but the couple did not have burns or smoke-inhalation issues.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of this fire.