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Family of 4 rescued from swept-away SUV

An adult couple, their teenage son and his 80-year-old grandmother were rescued Sunday by Tucson firefighters who spotted their SUV flooded with water up to its hood.

Firefighters on a ladder truck were responding to another call around 7:40 p.m. when they spotted the headlights of the flooded vehicle near West Lee Street and North 9th Avenue after Sunday night's storm, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said.

"They were able to see the family still in the vehicle and immediately set up the aerial to perform a rescue," Cpt. Barrett Baker said.  "The ladder was extended to the vehicle and the four people were pulled out of the door and onto the roof of the vehicle. They were then assisted into the bucket of the ladder and moved to safety."

"The family consisted of an adult male and female with their teenage son and also the mother of one of the adults, who was approximately 80," Baker said.

There were no injuries in the incident, he said. TFD responded to about nine other water-related calls Sunday, but the flooded SUV was the most severe, he said.

All of the calls happened between 7:30-8 p.m., Baker said.

Paramedics handled the original call that the ladder truck had been responding to, about a downed electrical line and possible electrocution. The person involved in that incident refused treatment, Baker said.

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Tucson firefighters use a ladder truck to pull a family from a vehicle disabled by storm water.