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Father, son rescue 2 women out of burning home

Posted: 4:51 PM, Apr 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-04 00:22:38Z

A father and son duo are being hailed as heroes after rescuing two people, one of them an elderly woman, out of a burning home in northeast Denver. 

The fire was reported in the area of East 36th Avenue and Ivanhoe Street a little before 3 p.m. Saturday, according to a Denver Fire spokesperson. 

Fred Edmonds and his 12-year-old son noticed their neighbors needed help and quickly came to the rescue. The child saw the flames and called 911 while his father ran inside the burning home, the spokesperson said. Working together, they were able to rescue two women trapped inside. 

"The first thing I thought was just to pick her up and get her out of the house... same thing I would have did [sic] for anybody," said Edmonds. "She wasn't functioning too well and she was just on the floor and so... being fairly healthy, I just picked her up and [said] 'let's go!'"

Denver Fire officials arrived at the scene within seconds and were able to put out the flames in less than 15 minutes. Two people were taken to a hospital due to smoke inhalation. 

"I'm thankful that he [Edmond's 12-year-old son] saw it, 'cause I probably wasn't that perceptive at that time."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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