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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

A family of four is safe after a quick thinking neighbor grabbed a ladder and helped them out of their burning home near 71st Avenue and Glendale on Sunday night.

Take a look at the dramatic video taken by the Glendale firefighters of a house fire that nearly took the lives of three people.

A mother and her two children are alive thanks to a quick thinking neighbor, who is being hailed a hero by the family and the fire department.

"I jumped the wall when I seen the family that was up in the balcony yelling for help," said Jose Magana.

It was just after 10 p.m. Sunday when Magana heard the screams.  The house behind his home was engulfed in flames  -- a mother, her 12-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter were stranded on a second story balcony.

"The lady.. I told her drop her baby into my hands," said Magana.

"Just had her under her arms and he's like 'Give me the baby' I'm like now he's gotta give her to me.. I'm like, don't drop her," said Tierra Richardson.

Richardson says there was no other way.  The flames growing behind her, she crawled out the window and let go.  Magana, who had instructed his nephews to bring a ladder, caught the toddler, put her in the corner of the yard and continued to help.

"We just brought it out to the far corner.. he grabbed it from us, brought it over here, put it on a corner.. the little boy started getting out, the lady ran down," said Luis Silva Valencia.

By early morning, crews started cleanup and investigators raised a ladder 100 feet above the home to assess the damage.

The chief tells us crews arrived just four minutes after the first 911 call came in.  In one minute, the entire attic was completely engulfed in flames and they tell us the north part of the roof where the family was standing collapsed -- at that time, you could see how bad it was from up here.

"My first story where we were is now on the first floor," said Richardson.

"We were all standing in the back yard.  I told her to just run out into the street," said Magana, who had no doubts he could help save his neighbors.  He didn't think twice when he heard their cries and for that, Richardson is forever grateful.

"Thank you, thank you so much for catching her and helping.  God bless," she said.

Richardson was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.  Everyone else is fine.

 

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