PEORIA, AZ - Three teenagers rescued and revived from a condo fire in Peoria over the weekend are showing signs of improvement, according to a fire official.
Amanda Jacinto, spokesman for the Peoria Fire Department, said a 19-year-old woman is expected to be released from the hospital soon. A 19-year-old man who was also hurt in the fire is expected to be upgraded from critical to stable condition. The third victim, a 19-year-old female, remains in critical condition.
Fire crews responded to a condo fire on Sunday, June 29, near 107th and Northern avenues after one of the victims called 911 saying they had taken refuge inside the bathroom. The victims placed wet towels underneath the door.
"They literally saved their own lives," said Deputy Fire Chief Rick Picard on Sunday. "They were able to tell us what unit they were in and where they were which helped crews get a path to them."
All three of the victims were not breathing and did not have a pulse when they were pulled from the home by firefighters. Medical officials were able to revive each of the victims and transport them to the hospital, said Jacinto.
She described the victims' recoveries in the past few days as, "remarkable."
Two of the units in the condo complex are uninhabitable, she said. Six units did suffer smoke and water damage, displacing several residents.
Jacinto said the fire appears to have started at the front of the home, which blocked both doors leading into and out of the home, but the official cause remains under investigation.