Gilbert firefighters, who had handled only two water-related incidents this year, responded to three such calls Wednesday, including the town's second drowning of 2005.
A 3-year-old boy who drowned apparently got to the pool through the gate of a fence that was improperly latched, police said.
The boy, Sirr William Harris, was found at the bottom of the pool by his mother, who jumped into the water and pulled him out.
She frantically called 911 at 6:29 p.m. from her home in the 100 block of West Del Rio Street, police said.
The boy had been swimming with two family friends, ages 12 and 14, said Lt. Joe Ruet, a Gilbert police spokesman.
They reportedly got out of the pool and dried off along with the boy, who apparently went back into the pool, Ruet said.
Police are in the preliminary stages of investigating whether there was any negligence involved.
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By Josh Kelley
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