Dad pulls son out of home during fire

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Half of their North Phoenix home is gutted. Their neighbor's house also got some minor damage. But for Melody Frazier, the most precious thing is back in her arms: her little boy, Jacob.

When flames broke out at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Fraziers' home near Seventh Avenue and the Loop 101, Jacob was asleep in his bedroom.

His dad, Jason, was on the phone outside with Melody, who was on her way to work.

"When he [Jason] came back in, Jacob's room was completely filled with smoke up past his bed and Jason pulled him out," Melody said as she held back tears.

Phoenix Fire crews arrived to find the garage and part of the home fully engulfed in flames. The fire started to spread to neighboring homes. Luckily, they were able to put out the fire.

While investigators don't know how it started, they believe it began in the garage.

The Fraziers recently moved to Phoenix from Portland, Ore., and were renting the home on the 400 block of West Oraibi.

They had lots of packed boxes still in the garage, including most of the pictures from the last 10 years, pictures which are now gone. 

The family had just paid for renters insurance, but it doesn't go into effect until Monday.

Despite the loss of many memories and items, Melody squeezed her son and said, "I'm just thankful, just thankful."