By reporter Steven Smalley
UPDATED-A blaze in a carport on 22nd Avenue West, reportedly started by a young person playing with fire, destroyed three cars and the structure housing them at mid-day Thursday.
Neighbors were on hand to call the fire department and to shout for residents to get out of their homes. One renter, a mother of two, was sleeping with one of her children when she heard popping noises. After seeing flames in the backyard, she grabbed her two children and raced outside.
“It’s horrible to see. You think your house is going to go up in flames,” said Beth Young, who made it out the door with a child under each arm. Calling her a hero, Beth’s husband, Eric Young was joyful. “What can I say? She got everyone out safe,” he said. He was not home at the time of the fire, but arrived soon after.
One neighbor who saw the flames spreading, began to fight the fire. “I got a hose and I was praying (the fire) wouldn’t go past the fence,” exclaimed Tate Rogers, who shouted for residents to evacuate, with the help of a friend.
Several fire units responded to the blaze with quick action knocking it down before it spread to nearby homes.
Fire officials are investigating. Click here for the video.
EARLIER-We just got word of a single house fire on 22nd Ave W , between W Barrett and W Armour. More info to come.