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MESA, Ariz. – Body camera footage released by police showed a good Samaritan working with officers to rescue two young children after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Arizona.

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The fire began around 11 a.m. in Mesa, according to police. Video released Friday showed a police officer throwing rocks to break through the window of a burning apartment after witnesses told him there were children inside.

A short while later, an unidentified man approaches and jumps over a fence to get to the broken window. Officials told KSAZ-TV that the man saw the fire from a nearby car wash and ditched his vehicle to help authorities.

In body camera footage, he can be seen pulling out the frame of the window and climbing inside as smoke poured out around him.

“There’s so much smoke in there that if you pass out, it could be deadly, obviously,” Jon Forrest with the Mesa Police Department told KTVK. “For that civilian to be so courageous (and) jump up there – he saved two kids’ lives today.”

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The man rescued a 2-year-old girl from the apartment and handed her off to the officer, KTVK reported. The officer rushed the girl to the front of the apartment, where paramedics were waiting.

Video from another officer’s body camera showed the good Samaritan handing off a second child, identified by KTVK as a 6-year-old, from the burning apartment.

“According to all who were there, it if wasn’t for the citizen who assisted, the outcome of this incident may have been different,” police said in a statement obtained by KNXV-TV. “He saw the fire from a distance, jumped a wall to the apartment complex and ran towards the fire to help.”

Police said the man, who did not want to be identified, “went above and beyond to assist in getting these children to safety. He put his life on the line for these children.”

The children were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover, KNXV reported. Four officers were also taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the news station.

Four apartments were damaged in the blaze, KTVK reported. Authorities continue to investigate what sparked the fire, according to KSAZ.