Mom, baby escape apartment fire; crews respond to 2nd fire a mile away


by Catherine Holland

Video reports by Javier Soto

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 7:13 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A mother and her child were lucky to escape their burning apartment with their lives Tuesday morning.

It happened at about 4 a.m. in the area of 55th Avenue and Camelback Road.

When the mother walked outside, her baby in her arms, she spotted smoke billowing from her apartment.

The woman grabbed her dog and called 911. Neighbors heard her screaming for help.

Seeing flames shooting from the woman's window, one neighbor was worried that he would lose everything if the fire spread to his apartment. Firefighters, however, kept his fears from being realized.

"I'm very thankful. They did a heck of a job," John Donovan said. "They were here very quickly and I give them all the credit in the world. They put their lives on the line all the time."

While no injuries were reported, the fire gutted the woman's apartment and damaged at least five other units.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

Less than three hours later, fire crews responded to an unrelated fire at another apartment complex  about a mile away at 51st Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.

Although they were concerned about the wind fanning the flames in the small unit, firefighters knocked that fire down quickly.

No injuries were reported.