Peoria man: Smoke alarm saved my life

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA -- A West Valley man credits his smoke alarm for helping to save his life after flames broke out at his Peoria home early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters said 911 calls started coming in from neighbors at about 3 a.m. Crews arrived to find a home just south of Lake Pleasant Parkway between Lake Pleasant Road and 91st Avenue fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters immediately went in to make sure no one was inside.

"The flames were moving fast and had spread from the garage to the entire attic and roof," Peoria Fire Capt. Saul Salinas said.

About a half dozen fire engines from Peoria, Glendale and Sun City all responded to the scene.  They were able to keep the flames from spreading to any other homes. 

The owner of the home, who didn't want to give his name, said he was sound asleep when he heard his smoke alarm blaring. 

"I got up; my dog was running back and forth," he said. "I actually had to go back in to the house several times to get my dog out.".

Both he and his dog got out safely and are now staying with neighbors.

Firefighters deemed the house a total loss. They were only able to salvage a fire-proof safe that the homeowner said contained some cash, valuables and medication.

"I want to thank the firefighters that came," he said. "I'm, of course, sad about my house, but I got out with my dog. That's what's important."

As for the cause of the fire, that's still under investigation. Firefighters would only say it most likely started in the garage.