Woman critical after early morning town home fire

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A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland
A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland
A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland
A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland
A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman is in critical condition after she and her adult son were rescued from their burning town home overnight.

Crews were called out to the complex at Union Hills and 41st Street in North Phoenix just before 2 a.m.

The next-door neighbor's dog started barking, alerting the neighbor to the fire and prompting her to call 911.

"I was sleeping and the dog started barking, barking, baking," said Debbie Veylupek. "All of a sudden I heard this big boom."

Veylupek went outside to find another neighbor was telling the man who lived in the burning unit to get out. He said he couldn't because his mother was inside.

"Phoenix firefighters aggressively made entry into the condo unit," said Capt. Tony Mure of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Those firefighters immediately ran upstairs and rescued the 60-year-old woman. Her 36-year-old son was out on an overhang over the front door.

"Because of the smoke level, he couldn't breathe any more, and couldn't get back to his mother," Mure said.

Firefighters put up a ladder and helped the man down to safety.

The man, who name has not been released, was not injured. His mother, however, reportedly suffered smoke inhalation and is in critical condition at Paradise Valley Hospital.

Some packed luggage was found inside the unit. The man told investigators he and his mother had just returned home from the out-of-town funeral of his grandmother.

Concrete fire walls between the units helped contain the flames to the single town home, which was badly damaged.

Investigators believe a burning candle might have sparked the fire. There were no working smoke detectors in the town house and there haven't been any for several years.

A Red Cross representative is on the scene to help the man with whatever he might need.