2 Toddlers rescued from burning apartment by Phoenix neighbor

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PHOENIX – Two children are in the hospital after a fire broke out in their apartment near Earll Drive and 36th Street Wednesday afternoon. 

Neighbor Paul Parker said the 10-month-old boy and 1-year-old girl are typically home with their father every day while their mother works so when he noticed smoke, he immediately knew something was wrong.

“I mean there was black smoke in the windows so I kicked the door in and the kids were inside and there was a fire,” Parker said.

Parker said his sister and another man went inside and grabbed the kids.

“One was in the living room crawling towards the front door, the other one was stuck in the bedroom,” he said.

When firefighters arrived the two children were already out.

“There’s obvious physical signs of smoke inhalation and burns to the children so we know they had to be in the apartment or in close proximity to the smoke and flames,” said Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure.

Mure said the father was singed but it is unclear how.

“Maybe he went in to get his kids out or was looking for his kids and they were already out,” Mure said.

Phoenix fire investigators have since learned the father did help get the second child out.

Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department said the dad had left the apartment for an undetermined amount of time to visit a neighbor in an upstairs apartment. The children were left unsupervised when the fire began.

The father was not booked but could potentially face child abuse charges pending the outcome of the investigation

Both children remain hospitalized for their injuries and Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.