Two men were hailed heroes after helping to contain a fire until firefighters arrived while a mother and her two children were trapped inside.
The fast-acting neighbors noticed smoke billowing out of the home on the 3000 block of South Dalton Avenue in Los Angeles when they came home from work at around 7:24 p.m. Thursday.
After they jumped the fence they saw the family inside through a window and could hear the children crying. Since the stairs were on fire they used a garden hose to quell the flames until reinforcements could arrive.
"I could hear the sirens coming. We just held the fire off - firefighters came and took care of the rest," modest neighbor Danny Rivera said.
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It took 51 firefighters 24 minutes to finally extinguish the blaze, and the mother and her two children escaped from the fire uninjured.
However a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said if it was not for the neighbors' quick-thinking, the outcome would have been much different.