Mom saves children from mobile home fire in Mesa, family dog killed

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A mom leaped into action to save her children after their mobile home caught fire in Mesa early Friday morning.

The family’s home was destroyed and their 2-year-old dog was killed.

Mesa fire crews were called out to the Joshua Tree Mobile Home Park on Greenfield Road south of McKellips Road.

According to Capt. Kasey Beal, the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The mom, who woke up to the smell of smoke, was able to hustle her three children – a 1-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy – outside to safety.

[SLIDESHOW: Photos from the scene]

Beal said the floor collapsed in one part of the trailer.

Ken Hall, a spokesman for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, said two firefighters stepped through an area of the floor that was compromised by flames underneath the trailer. They fell through to about waist level, but were not hurt and were able to quickly climb back up into the trailer.

Hall also said a firefighter suffered some knee pain "after getting their leg stuck in the mud in the rear of the structure."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“We’re looking at possibly a heat source as being a possible cause," Beal said, explaining that the mother told them she had turned on the heater.

The mother also told firefighters that there was not a working smoke detector in the home.

Safety experts throughout the country agree that having working smoke detectors in your home is the nest thing you can do to protect yourself and your family.

"Having working smoke detectors in your home can double your chances of escaping death," a spokesman for the Scottsdale Fire Depart said last year. "Home smoke detectors have cut fire fatalities in half since they came on the market in the early 1970s. Nevertheless, fires kill about 3,000 people a year in the U.S. Forty percent of these deaths occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms."

The National Fire Protection Association suggest you test your alarms once a month and replace the batteries once a year. Smoke detectors, including those with non-removable batteries, should be replaced with new units every 10 years.

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