Good Samaritan saves boy from El Mirage house fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -- A passer-by saved the life of a 2-year-old boy from a house fire Tuesday afternoon, an El Mirage Fire Department spokesman said.

The man was driving by the single-story house at 15204 Poppy St. about 1 p.m. when he saw smoke and stopped to check on it, Christopher House of the El Mirage Fire Department said.

When the man realized the house was on fire, he went to the front door and then inside to see if anyone was still there. He made his way to a bedroom where he found the boy hiding under blankets on his bed, House said.

The man grabbed the boy and handed him to his father who had just broken out a window and was standing outside, House said.

The man got out of the house once he was satisfied no one else was inside, House said.

Fire crews contained the fire to a corner of the kitchen but smoke caused considerable damage throughout the house, House said.

The family of eight was being assisted by the American Red Cross with finding temporary living arrangements, House said.

Two family members were treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation, House said.

Firefighters were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire, House said.