FD: Smoke detectors help save 2 Ahwatukee households
Eight people were able to escape the flames of a fire that jumped from this house to another early Monday in Ahwatukee. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Phoenix firefighters credit smoke detectors and quick-acting neighbors with saving the lives of eight people, including a 7-month-old child, during a fire that jumped from one house to another in Ahwatukee early Monday morning.
A family of four and a friend staying overnight were awakened by smoke detectors about 3 a.m. as the fire burned in the attic and consumed the back of their house, Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure said.
The flames jumped to a house to the south, and neighbors pounded the doors to alert a young couple and their child.
"This is a big push for smoke detectors," Mure said. "We saved five lives tonight with smoke detectors. And because of the good graces of neighbors knocking on doors, got the other young family, the couple with the baby, out of the house."
The fire began in the home where the father, mother, their two adult-age teens and their friend were sleeping, Mure said. He said that home was a total loss.
The young couple's home had extensive damage, but should be able to get back into their home soon, Mure said.
No one was hurt, he said.
The Crisis Response Team was helping to arrange shelter for both families, Mure said.
The cause of the fire had not been determined, and the investigation was continuing, Mure said.
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