Neighbor comes to rescue of family during south-side fire - Tucson News Now

Neighbor comes to rescue of family during south-side fire

The neighbor alerted two people of the fire in their home (Source: TFD). The neighbor alerted two people of the fire in their home (Source: TFD).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A neighbor comes to the rescue, alerting a family of two that their home was on fire on the south side of Tucson early Saturday morning, March 11.

According to the Tucson Fire Department, the man went outside for a cigarette around 1:37 a.m. when he saw an orange glow near the back of the home. Fire officials said he went up on a ladder to get a better look and saw the flames in the 2200 block of East Highland.

The neighbor ran to the home and woke up the residents by knocking loudly. A 58-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter woke up and were able to safely get out, firefighters say.

The Tucson Fire Department said they arrived on scene around 1:41 p.m. to see an attached garage and storage unit on fire. They were able to contain the flames to the garage and utility storage area.

There were no injuries to the firefighters, the residents, or the neighbor. The Red Cross was called to help the displaced family.

Firefighters said it started in the attached utility storage unit, but they're still investigating what caused it, and the amount of damage.

Firefighters added a safety message that said, "more than half of residential fire deaths occur in fires that start between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Working smoke alarms save lives! Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. You should have a smoke alarm inside and outside each bedroom and on every level of your home."

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