Pair save woman from fire at Mesa apartment complex

Two men are being called heroes, after they sprang into action when a fire broke out at a Mesa apartment complex.
The blaze started just after noon March 10 at the complex near Dobson Road and University Drive.
It was area resident Zach Vantress who first noticed something wasn’t right.
“When I started coming toward the apartment I noticed that it (the fire) started getting bigger and bigger,” Mr. Vantress said.
He then called his friend Austin Sawyer, who lives in the building.
“My friend… said there was a fire going on and I run downstairs and I saw the second floor apartment; the window was bursting open with flames,” Mr. Sawyer said.
The duo jumped into action, knocking on doors in the complex, trying to warn neighbors about the fire.
But when Mr. Sawyer got to the condo where the fire started, he was startled to find out that the apartment was not vacant.
“We realized someone is on the other side of the door, holding the door shut,” Mr. Sawyer said. So he and another man began to kick the door in.
Mr. Sawyer and neighbors pulled a woman from her apartment.
The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The men say they’re just glad they were in the right place at the right time.
“If they hadn’t have done that and knocked on the door and almost broke it down, she could have been a lot worse than she is now,” Mr. Vantress said.
Firefighters were able to control the fire in less than 15 minutes and were able to contain it to just that one apartment.
Firefighters say it appears the fire started in a bedroom. The cause is still under investigation.
Editor’s note: Through partnership Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA is publishing information provided by CBS 5 News. The story and video can be found here.

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