Two Arlington police officers are being credited with helping to save the lives of several residents of a burning apartment complex Tuesday, reports NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.
A three-alarm fire was reported about 5:15 p.m. at the Woodland Park Apartments in the 2100 block of Valleywood Drive.
The two Arlington officers were in the area investigating an unrelated disturbance call, according to police, when they saw the smoke and went to investigate.
The officers — identified as Officer K. Johnson and Officer B. Cruz, according to an official police department release — “went inside of multiple units to ensure everyone was getting out safely,” police said.
Inside one of those apartments, Marci Savill was sleeping, along with her children – ages 4 and 18 months.
“There was police banging on the door,” Savill said, about how she woke up. “And I smelled fire immediately. When I went to the door with my daughter, because my daughter ran right after me, he grabbed my daughter, took her across the street, and I had to run back in and get my son.”
Two doors down, neighbor Chris Partlow told NBC 5 he was walking back to his apartment from a nearby laundromat when he saw the smoke.
“I just had to run up there, grab them and go,” Partlow said about his friend and his friend’s twin 10-month-olds. “It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing.”
Partlow stood and watched as members of the Arlington Fire Department took control of the flames, holding on tightly to the twins, MJ and Lauren, dressed only in their diapers.
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