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3 jump to safety from burning apartment in suburban Phoenix

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Three people jumped out of a second-story apartment window to safety after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning.

The fire started in a downstairs apartment in a complex near Loop 202 and Dobson Road. No one was injured but at least three units were destroyed.

Six others, including a pregnant woman and her young child, were helped to safety by firefighters.

The fire broke out around 4 a.m.

Art Bennett lived in the unit where the fire started. His son and two of the boy’s friends made the leap to safety.

“I tossed the dog to them and I was getting ready to jump and the firefighter yelled at me, ‘What are you doing? I’ll get you a ladder.’ So I said OK,” Bennett said.

Jason Russo was one of the teens who jumped.

“The fire alarm was going off and smoke was rolling in. There was fire coming in a window so we found another window and started jumping. It was a trip. Crazy,” he said.