Maricopa County family forced to start over after car crashed into home, started fire

  • Source: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa
  • Published: 10/04/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Not staying at her home, in her bed, possibly saved Samantha Cueva’s life. “If I were to be home, that night, I wouldn’t be alive standing here today,” Cueva said. On Saturday, a car plowed through Cueva's bedroom, ending up in the hallway of her Gila River Indian Community home. A loud boom woke Cueva's mother up. Her mom and their family dog were asleep on the opposite end of the house when the car crashed in around 1:30 a.m. near 88th Street and Hunt Highway. Cueva’s mother initially thought someone had broken into the home, so she locked herself in her room. But suddenly began to smell smoke, and when she went to investigate, she saw her daughter’s room engulfed in flames. “My mom called me, and I could hear the fire alarm go off. I told her to get out of the house right away,” Cuevas said.


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