A 5-year-old boy is credited with alerting his great-aunt and mother to a fire that destroyed their Wiley City home Wednesday morning.
Diana Espinoza said she was in her home in the 10700 block of Rockstrom Road around 9:30 a.m. when she said she heard what sounded like tapping at her door.
“As soon as I got up, the little boy said there is a fire,” Espinoza said.
She, her niece and her great-nephew, Mister Carpino, were able to escape the house.
Mister said he was watching TV when he heard crackling noise outside the house.
“I opened the door and looked out and saw there was fire,” Mister said. “The washing machine was on fire.”
Espinoza said the dryer was on the porch of the home, and she thought the outlet it was plugged into was sparking when she spotted the fire.
Mister said he was scared, but went to get his family of the house.
Sanadia Wages Riojas, Mister’s mother, believes it was a miracle that her son spotted the fire and alerted his great-aunt.
“God led him,” she said.
When West Valley firefighters arrived, they found the house, carport and adjacent outbuilding on fire, according to a fire department news release.
The fire sent up a plume of black smoke that was visible for 3 miles. Firefighters also had to contend with a downed power line that hindered efforts to fight the fire in one of the outbuildings, the release said.
Pacific Power crews disconnected power, allowing firefighters to more aggressively tackle the flames, the release said.
Firefighters were able to put the fire out in an hour’s time, the release said, and damage is estimated at $75,000. Neither the home’s occupants or firefighters were injured, the release said.
Investigators are continuing to look for the cause of the fire, while the American Red Cross is assisting Espinoza and her family, the release said.