Smoke alarms help couple escape house fire in Glendale

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

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An elderly couple is safe after flames ripped through their Glendale home early Friday morning.

Neighbors of the house near Union Hills Drive and 79th Avenue said they were awakened by firefighters knocking on their doors and then watched as the house burned.

"Flames were shooting up through the roof. It was frightening," Joy Gomez said. "The entire center of the house looked like it was engulfed in flames."

The fire broke out about 2 a.m. and firefighters said when they entered the house they were overwhelmed by flames and smoke.

Firefighters credited working smoke detectors with saving the couple's lives.

Safety experts all over the country consistently say that having working smoke detectors is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Because a house fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, time is of the essence for those inside. Once a fire starts, you have less than five minutes to get everybody out safely. Having a working smoke alarm can give you that time.

Firefighters suggest you check the batteries once a month and replace them once a year. Units that run on 9-volt batteries should be replaced every 10 years.