Good Samaritans help save family from Mesa burning home

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A fire started at a Mesa duplex on Tuesday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A fire started at a Mesa duplex on Tuesday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Two women helped save those who were inside the duplex when the fire started. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Two women helped save those who were inside the duplex when the fire started. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
No one was seriously hurt. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) No one was seriously hurt. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A family is alive after two women help get them out of their burning home in Mesa.

The fire began at the duplex just after 5 p.m. on Monday night near Rio Salado Parkway and Alma School Road.

Two young women who were nearby noticed the smoke and ran over. They saw the flames and jumped into action.

“The door was open and we started yelling to everyone get out, get out and so we were pulling people out, dogs, babies and then called 911. Knowing that there are so many kids in this neighborhood and we both have kids, it was the right thing to do. You don’t just let somebody burn to death,” said Sarah Hayden, one of the women who helped the families.

The home was a duplex with a family of four living on one side and a family of three living on the other. The back side of the duplex was charred black by the intense flames. One living room was destroyed.

Both families were checked out by paramedics and were OK.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is helping the families find a place to stay.  

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