Teen jumps from second-floor balcony to escape condo fire

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PHOENIX -- A 16-year-old is lucky to be alive after jumping from a second-floor balcony to escape a fire that tore through her family's Phoenix condo early Wednesday morning.

Neighbor caught teen

Crews were called out to the condo complex at 55th Avenue and Camelback Road at about 7 a.m.

Early video from NewsChopper 3 showed firefighters on the roof cutting holes to vent the smoke, which was visible for miles.

This apartment was home to a family of four.

According to the Glendale Fire Department, two adults left the apartment to walk their 6-year-old daughter to the school bus stop. Their 16-year-old niece was sleeping in her bedroom when she awoke to the smell of smoke. When she opened her bedroom door, she saw excessive fire in the hallway and then went to her window for a way out.

She called for help from her window and a good Samaritan standing outside of her apartment encouraged her to jump from her second-story window. The teen jumped into the arms of the man.

The teen suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital. She was released shortly after.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire crews from Phoenix and Glendale were able to contain the damage to a single condo. The unit, however, is a total loss.

Investigators say that all indications point to the stove as being where the fire started.

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