Holiday tree fire burns home, gifts of family of 7

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HEMET, Calif. (AP) — A fire that started with a Christmas tree cost a Southern California family their home, two of their three vehicles, and all of their Christmas presents, but all seven family members safely escaped.

Hemet fire Capt. Steve Sandefer blamed the fire on a Christmas tree that had dried out since the family got it Dec. 1 and had its lights on all day.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Monday that some members of the Alvarado family were sleeping and others were in a separate section of their double-wide mobile home when the fire broke out.

The family, whose children range in ages from 4 to 19, got out with the clothes they were wearing and a few photos. They ‘re being housed in a hotel by the American Red Cross.

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