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Passerby saves 3 people asleep in their burning Phoenix home

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The home is located near 43rd and Northern avenues. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com) The home is located near 43rd and Northern avenues. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com)
Firefighters from Glendale and Phoenix said the blaze started in the backyard of the home. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com) Firefighters from Glendale and Phoenix said the blaze started in the backyard of the home. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com)
William Pranke and his daughter were driving down Northern Avenue when they spotted the home on fire. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com). William Pranke and his daughter were driving down Northern Avenue when they spotted the home on fire. (Source: Jonathan Lowe, cbs5az.com).
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A passerby is credited with helping to save a Valley family of three after he saw their home on fire and stopped to make sure everyone was out.

The fire broke out at a home near Northern and 40th avenues Sunday afternoon.

A mother, her son and daughter were inside the home at the fire erupted around 1:30 p.m.

The mother and her son were taken to the hospital after suffering smoke inhalation. Her son also suffered a cut on his leg after kicking out a window.

The family didn't know their house was on fire. They were all asleep until William Pranke drove by, saw the flames and smoke, jumped out of his car and started banging on their front door.

"[You] couldn't hardly see, and my main concern was just get everybody out of the house," he said. "Make sure everybody was safe."

Pranke was able to get the family out a first time, but the mother went back in for the dogs. Pranke went back in a second time to get her and the pets to safety.

When the dogs wouldn't come out, the son went back in.

Pranke had to go back in a third time. By then, the house became more engulfed in flames.

By the time the Phoenix and Glendale fire departments arrived, Pranke was able to get everyone out except one of the dogs, which died.

"[It's] very dangerous to do that because you can sustain injuries," Phoenix Fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said. 

Pranke's 12-year-old daughter, who was in the car with her father, said she was scared because her father went into the burning home so many times. 

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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