Fire Ruins Christmas for a Local Family

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM EDT

EGGERTSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - A fire started at a home on Margaret Road in Eggertsville. The house went up in flames as fire fighters worked to save Christmas.

The family, one adult and two children, got out of the home before the fire spread from the garage to the house. They then called 911. Fire officials arrived to find the entire home engulfed in flames.

After putting out the fire volunteer firefighters did their best to save the holiday, carrying presents and gifts out of the home to ensure the family still has some form of a Christmas.

Fire officials said the Red Cross is working with the family to get them through the holiday but they won't be spending Christmas at home.

"Make sure their smoke detectors are working, the proper response for emergency is 911. Make sure they review their evacuation plan and fire drills in their home," Chief Buttino said.

Chief John Buttino said smoke alarms saved the family members lives. He urges others to take precautions.

Chief Buttino said that it is hard to see a family lose their home anytime of the year but during the holidays it is even more difficult.

The total amount of damage to the home is about $125,000. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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