- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A mother who was trapped on her balcony by a fire safely dropped her two children into the arms of Phoenix police officers Monday and climbed to safety on the roof of an SUV as flames overtook the home.

The officers backed up their SUV near the home’s balcony and stood on top of it to rescue the 26-year-old woman and her two children, ages 2 and 6, police said in a news release.

Officers were called to the home after a burglary was reported at the house, and they found a broken window and the living room in flames when they arrived. They were unable to enter the front door so they went to the back of the house, where they found the mother and children on the balcony.

Fire and arson investigators were working closely with detectives “to identify a suspect and a motive for this attack on the family,” police said.

The officers and the family involved have declined media interviews. Investigators have yet to release information regarding the cause of the fire.


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