AURORA, Colo. -- A pregnant woman and her daughter escaped from an Aurora house fire with the help of some brave neighbors in Tuesday's early morning hours.
Cunningham Fire Chief Jerry Rhodes said his department received a call that alerted them to the fire at 20912 East Hampden Place from a vigilant passerby at approximately 2:18 a.m.
He said when crews arrived on scene, they found challenging, icy conditions with some unexpected late night snowfall.
“This morning it was the cold,” Rhodes said. "As soon as we got on scene, fighting the fire on sheets of ice was tough.”
Thankfully, fire crews got a little more help from another neighbor, an off duty sheriff's deputy who kicked down the door to the house and rescued the woman and her child. When fire crews arrived, they were able to also save the family pet.
Rhodes applauded the help of civilians and said they are a big reason the entire family made it out of a fire that charred much of the house.
That off-duty sheriff's deputy was treated for smoke inhalation and released. Other than that, no injuries were suffered. And though the fire rendered the house uninhabitable, the family was able to walk through after the blaze was extinguished to gather some of their belongings.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.