Neighbor saves man from Glendale house fire


by Marie Saavedra

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 7:00 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The smoke billowing out of a home near 67th Avenue and Utopia was enough to fill the sky over the Valley. It was early Tuesday morning, and the man inside had no idea his home was on fire.

"I was asleep in bed," said Thomas Berg. "Probably another minute and I'd be unconscious from the smoke."

Berg had no clue, but his neighbors did. Help came from two doors down, in the form of Roger Kidd.

"Well, I was just getting ready to go on my hike when I rolled down on my bike and looked down the street," Kidd said. "I saw all that smoke coming out of there and that's not exactly normal!"

Firefighters believe the fire started inside Berg's SUV parked in the garage. When Kidd came upon it, he knew the flames were spreading.

"The garage door was open a little bit and I can see there was fire under there, so I started buzzing his doorbell to see if anybody's in there," he said.

"Why is someone ringing the heck out of my doorbell?' Berg said he wondered as he woke up. "Then of course when I saw the smoke in the house I understood."

Berg and his three dogs bolted out the door just in time. He's filled with gratitude for Kidd's kind act.

"I'm glad I've got great neighbors, glad it was just me and the dogs in the house and everybody got out safely," said Berg.

Kidd, of course, is downplaying his heroism, but Berg will be sure to thank him for the chance to live the rest of his life.

"I think I owe them a steak dinner, at least!" Berg said.

He and the two others living at the home will stay with family. The garage is a total loss.