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Teen talks about near-death experience: pulled from burning condo last month

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PEORIA, Ariz. - You're looking at what is left of a condo that caught fire 2 weeks ago. Most of the roof is missing, and there is a lot of rubble.

We're now hearing from a woman who was rescued from the fire, as well as the people who helped save her life.

"I felt as though I needed to hang up with the operator and call my mom, I wanted to tell her that I loved her one last time because I didn't know if I was going to make it," said Brooklynn Castellanos.

19-year-old Brooklynn Castellanos huddled into the bathroom with her roommate and boyfriend as flames tore through the Peoria Condo on 107th Ave. & Northern.

The three became trapped as the fire blocked the exits and smoke filled the home on June 29th.

"I knew that we had to get help right away, because we aren't going to be able to help ourselves at this point," she said.

Castellanos called 911 to report the fire, and then she called her mother, and her father who is a Peoria firefighter. She stayed on the phone with him until she lost consciousness.

"A few seconds later I was out, I don't remember anything after that except somebody told me I was going to be okay, then about 8 hours later I woke up in the hospital," said Castellanos.

Crews had to battle fierce flames to get to the three teens, but they were able to pull them out. Officials say all were without a pulse and considered dead.

"The chances were so low, and I knew, but all I could do was pray as hard as I could. That everything goes well, and my daughter makes it, she uses her wit, she's a survivor," said Tim Castellanos.

The teens survived and are doing well in recovery. Brooklynn and her family had a chance to thank the first responders who saved her life. "Every city that was involved, that came together and saved my daughters life. I can't tell you how grateful I am," said Tim Castellanos.

Brooklynn, a nursing student at ASU, said the experience has made her want to give back even more, she hopes to start volunteering.

Officials say the fire was accidental, but the cause of it is still under investigation.
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