Girl, 2, critically burned in Phoenix apartment fire

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Two children and their mother were rushed to a hospital with burn injuries after a fire broke out in their apartment, according to Capt. Reda Bigler with the Phoenix Fire Dept.

It happened on Wednesday at approximately 7 a.m. in south Phoenix at 222 East Cody Drive, near Central Avenue and Broadway Road.

"I smelled something from inside the apartment and looked out the window. There was a whole bunch of flames going up," said Marcus Velasquez, who woke up to the flames.

The apartment directly below his was on fire.

"It was flaming. It was all burned already. It was really bad," Velasquez said.

"When we arrived on scene the whole front of the apartment was full on fire. We went ahead and made entry, put the fire out and found the little girl in the bedroom," Capt. Joe Ruhlen with the Phoenix Fire Department said.

A 2-year-old girl was pulled from the burning apartment and was transported in extremely critical condition with burns to approximately 30 percent of her body.

"I felt bad from inside, she's a little girl. She didn't deserve what happened to her," Velasquez said.

A 5-year-old boy was also pulled from the apartment and was transported in serious but stable condition.

The 24-year-old mother was also transported in serious condition with burns to 40 percent of her body.

"It's hard to think of what happened to this family. It's heartbreaking," Velasquez said.

Velasquez's apartment suffered a lot of smoke damage. He and his roommates are in a different apartment now.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of this fire.

[Google Map: 222 East Cody Drive]

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