Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 | 9:09 a.m.
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.