Phoenix family escapes burning home through second-story window

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Several people escaped a first-alarm fire at a Phoenix fourplex early Sunday morning.

Phoenix fire crews responded to the Yucca Apartments near Peoria and 17th avenues at around 3:30 a.m.

Officials said the fire started on a patio and quickly spread.

A family was trapped on the second floor so the father had to toss a 4-month-old and an 8-year-old girl out the window to a good Samaritan who was helping out below. That person was able to catch the kids.

The parents both jumped out the window after the kids made it out safety. They received minor injuries.

"When you start breaking out windows and lowering kids down to a first floor and nothing happens to them, you have two minor injuries to citizens that had to jump out of a back window ... and nobody really gets hurt real bad, yeah, we're very blessed to have that," said Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Three people were living on the first floor of the apartment complex with their pets, but they all made it out safely.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.