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Agents Prevent Potential Tragedy

Release Date: 
January 15, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. Early yesterday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents helped evacuate multiple people from a potentially life-threatening situation.

At approximately 2 a.m., two agents from the Douglas Station were on patrol when they noticed a large plume of smoke and an orange glow in the sky near the Bay Acres neighborhood. When agents arrived at the source, they found a young girl standing outside a home engulfed in flames.  A neighbor was seen banging on the front door of a second house adjacent to the house fire. 

After finding a safe place for the child, agents raced to the second residence and began pounding on the windows and doors. When an unidentified individual suddenly exited the house, agents gained access and immediately found a family member in the kitchen who they escorted outside. Agents re-entered the house and located two more individuals still sleeping inside. The Douglas Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to prevent the fire from spreading.

Including the young girl first encountered, five people were saved from a potentially life-threatening situation by the quick actions of the two Border Patrol agents.

As part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection organization, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents work diligently to ensure America’s borders and border communities remain safe. CBP welcomes assistance from the community.  Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021