Landscapers helps save child in Oro Valley house fire - Tucson News Now

Landscapers helps save child in Oro Valley house fire

Damage to house in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District) Damage to house in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District)
Golder Ranch Fire crews on scene of house fire in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District) Golder Ranch Fire crews on scene of house fire in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District)
Golder Ranch Fire crews on scene of house fire in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District) Golder Ranch Fire crews on scene of house fire in Oro Valley (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 12-year old Oro Valley boy was injured on Wednesday afternoon, when his home on W. Klinger Canyon caught on fire.  According to a Golder Ranch Fire District release, they received a call just after 11 AM.  Police said the boy was alone at home when the fire started. 

Crews arrived to find a single family home with smoke and flames coming from inside.

Police said a landscaping crew in the neighborhood saved the day.  Jose Higuera and Aaron Acavedo with Southwest Greens were working at a home across the street when they heard the child's cries for help.

"I heard a noise, somebody hitting the window real hard, the little boy was screaming and yelling and asking for help," said Higueara.

He got both his co-workers.  First they tried to break the window with a hammer.  When that didn't work they used the shovel.  The men grabbed the boy's arms and tried to pull him out of the shattered window, being careful not to cut him on the glass.

Acavedo said they saw dark smoke and flames in the home.  He suffered some minor burns on his neck from the intense heat of the flames.

Golder Ranch firefighters got to the scene within five minutes and had the fire under control within fifteen minutes.  A spokesman said they cut a hole in the roof of the home to let the smoke and heat out.

Oro Valley police taped off the home with police tape, and spent the day gathering evidence inside the home.  They took furniture with them as evidence.

Oro Valley police sergeant Carmen Trevizo called the landscapers heroes, and said their quick action had saved the child's life.

"I am no hero.  It could happen to any family, you never know even my family.  I didn't do it to be a hero," said Higuera.

"I am just happy the child is okay and alive," added Acavedo.

After the dramatic rescue, the landscapers went back to work and finished landscaping the home across the street, before heading home for the day.

The boy suffered burns on his arms, hands and chest.  His grandfather said he was still in the trauma center at UAMC, and was coughing up "black stuff" and appeared to be in pain.  Police said the injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway by Golder Ranch Fire and Oro Valley Police.

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