The quick thinking of a West Valley mother saved her apartment from burning Thursday and possibly the lives of two children.
Holly Leonard was watching television at her apartment, 4666 Arlington Park Drive (4725 West), at 9:55 a.m. when her 5-year-old daughter ran into the room reporting a bunk bed in a back bedroom was on fire, West Valley fire Capt. Oliver Moore said.Leonard ran to the room, saw both bunk beds fully engulfed in fire and pulled the door closed, singeing her hair.
"In closing the door she was able to save the rest of the apartment," Moore said. Of her four children, ranging in age from 5 to 9, the two youngest were at home Thursday morning.
Fire investigators determined that one child was playing with matches on a bunk bed when the fire started, Moore said. The apartment sustained light smoke damage, with the one bedroom de-stroyed. All of West Valley's three fire station crews responded, with 12 firefighters working the blaze.