A 4-year-old girl was surrounded by flames and screaming for help when firefighters rushed in to save her during a house fire in south Phoenix on Wednesday.
The fire broke out near Seventh Street and Dobbins Road around 5 p.m.
When fire crews got there, they saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the house. While making their way upstairs, they heard the screams of the girl as she was trapped by smoke and fire.
"I was on the nozzle. I heard screams so I just got to the top of the stairs, dropped the nozzle, and just went. I forgot about the fire and went," said firefighter Greg Gaiser, who rescued the girl. "She was yelling, ‘Help! Help! Help!’ And then I told her to keep yelling so I could find you because we couldn't see anything. I couldn't see anything and I got right up to her and I was still looking for her to grab her so, she did a good job bringing me in.”They found her in a loft play area and got her out of the house as quickly as they could.
She was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and burns to her hands and arms. She is in stable condition.
"The child was crying, talking to firefighters," McDade said
McDade said the girl was likely in the house while it was on fire for three to four minutes.
"We're just worried about the prolonged exposure to that heat and smoke," McDade said.
When the fire started, two adults and five children were home. Firefighters said they were originally told by the family everyone was out but went into the house based on the assumption there might be people trapped.
There is extensive damage to the house.
No firefighters were hurt.
An investigation is underway into what caused the fire.
The family says they have lost everything and set up a GoFundMe account to help them get back on their feet.
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