Good Samaritan rescues woman from burning home


by Ashleigh Barry

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Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 8:57 AM

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PHOENIX -- A woman was able to safely escape a burning home thanks to a Phoenix police officer and a good Samaritan.

The fire broke out in the 5700 block of N. 12th Street, which is near Northern Avenue, at around 7 p.m. Monday.

Brent Maxwell said he was driving by when he noticed a huge plume of smoke and ran to help.

Jon Ziering used his cellphone to get some video of the flames shooting out of the home and a thick cloud of black smoke.

Ziering was recording the video just as firefighters arrived on the scene.

A woman in her 50s, who was renting the home, was inside at the time. The woman said that she had no idea her home was on fire.

Maxwell was on his way to get coffee when he stopped to make sure no one was inside and moments later he became a hero.

"I climbed over the wall and started yelling and knocking and climbed back over it was getting kind of hot," he said. "By that time a first officer arrived and he said, 'Is there someone in there?' I said yeah so we both climbed over the wall, opened the door and she came out."

The woman is expected to be OK and was treated at the scene.

Firefighters say the origin and a cause remain under investigation.