1/29/2014 6:00:00 AM Man helps save neighbor's kids in house fire on Pleasant Valley
Philadelphia firefighters work to put out a house fire on Pleasant Valley Drive. A father and two little girls were inside sleeping when the fire started and a neighbor, noticing the smoke, woke the family and helped get them to safety.
By STEVEN THOMAS Staff Reporter
A Philadelphia man helped save the lives of a father and two children after seeing smoke coming from his neighbor's home last week.
No one was injured in the Friday morning blaze at 514 Pleasant Valley Dr. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
James Broach, 30, had just gotten off work around 7 a.m. on Friday and was standing outside his home when he noticed smoke coming from his neighbor's house, the police incident report said.
Broach thought his neighbor had a fireplace and that was where the smoke was coming but a quick scan showed no fireplace.
He went to the front door, found it unlocked and when he opened it smoke hit him in the face, the report said.
Upon entering he discovered his neighbor's 3-year-old daughter asleep in the living room. He called out for the father, Casey Tess, who was asleep in the room across from where the fire was.
The two men then got the children out of the home.
Firefighters battled the fire for over half an hour.
As firefighters were busy putting out the flames, the mother arrived on the scene frantic over her children's whereabouts.
"Where are my children?" she pleaded with officials, who walked her to a neighbor's home where she found her children safe.
Fire investigator Steve Copeland said Monday that the cause of the fire was still undetermined.
"It started in a spare bedroom used to store printers and books," he said.
City firemen have seen an increase in fire calls this winter, including business, vehicle and house fires along with a couple of arson cases.