Family of seven, dog escape burning home


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 3:24 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa family of seven is safe after escaping an early morning fire at their home.

It happened Tuesday in a neighborhood near University and Stapley drives.

According to the Mesa Fire Department, the homeowner had just returned home from work and was eating breakfast when he spotted flames in the garage.

The man slammed the door between the garage and the kitchen and immediately hustled his family -- five adults, two kids and a dog -- outside as he called 911.

Flames were shooting out of the garage when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Crews were able to contain the fire to the garage. Everything inside the garage, however, was destroyed, including at least one vehicle.

Firefighters said the homeowner's quick actions helped them do their job.

"He did the right thing," Mesa Fire Deputy Bill Hayes said. "He closed the door and then went back inside and got his family out. That's what saved their house."

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire, but they believe the motor for the garage door opener might be to blame.

No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is helping the family with its immediate needs.