Map: Duplex fire
PHOENIX -- Flames and smoke pouring from a Sunnyslope duplex caught the eye of a good Samaritan who happened to be driving by at the time.
The fire broke out around 9 a.m. Monday at a property near 19th Avenue and Mountain View Road.
Nolan Woolfolk was driving in the area when he saw the fire and stopped to help. He began to knock on doors, and when no one answered in an adjacent apartment, he feared someone might be asleep inside.
“I parked the car and started offering my help,” Woolfolk said.
He and several others started checking apartments and knocking on doors.
“I heard somebody knock on my door, real loud, telling me to get out, get out; there’s a fire!” said Alicia DeLeon, who grabbed her children and her pet and ran across the street to a neighbor’s home.
“I’m really thankful,” she told 3TV.
Meanwhile, Woolfolk and another man focused in on a unit with no answer at the door, fearing someone could be sleeping inside.
“You could hear the fire department coming, but it was still not close enough, so we kicked the window in and pulled down the shades that were there and started yelling, 'Hello, anybody here?'” Woolfolk said.
They didn’t find a person, but rather, a pet dog locked in a crate.
“We kind of used the coat to break the rest of the glass down,” Woolfolk described. “He helped me get through the window, opened the door and pulled the dog out.”
The dog appeared frightened, but was otherwise OK.
“The poor little dog couldn’t save himself, so somebody else has to be there for him,” Woolfolk said.
The dog’s owner was at work at the time but was later reunited with his prized pet, “Sandie.”
“Material things can be replaced, but no lives were lost,” said the owner, who declined to be identified. “What he did was totally amazing. I’m so thankful. He saved my baby, so thank you, Nolan.”
Woolfolk, a dog owner himself, says it was just the right thing to do.
“It’s one of these things you would want somebody to be there, do the same thing for you, your family,” Woolfolk said. “(It was) just that natural instinct that kicked in; you gotta do what you gotta do.”