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July 5, 2015

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Parents toss children to neighbor on ground, then safely escape apartment fire

Apartment fire

A neighbor caught two children thrown by their parents from a burning apartment early Friday morning, fire officials said.

Clark County firefighters responded and then rescued the husband and wife who had become trapped in a back bedroom. The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. at the Conejo Villas Apartments, 5060 W. Hacienda Ave., near Decatur Boulevard.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames near the front entrance of a second-floor apartment where the family lived, officials said. As crews attacked the fire from the front, a fire captain and engineer used a ladder to rescue the couple through a back bedroom window.

The fire, which was caused by combustibles stored too close to a water heater, did not extend to neighboring apartment units. Fire officials recommend keeping items such as paper, clothes and wood at least 3 feet from a water heater.

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