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Single mother, 2 children lose possessions after Christmas tree catches fire

While a Christmas tree is a must for many families during the holidays, it can also be a fire hazard that can ignite in just seconds.

Miami Beach firefighters were called to the apartment on Washington Avenue and 15th Street after the woman, Ericka Molina, sensed heat coming from the bathroom door.

Video from the scene showed the mother escaping the burning building as thick black smoke shoots out the door and neighbors run to help.

Officials said the girl's split-second decision likely saved the fire from spreading to the neighboring unit. "Make sure there's no cuts or anything like that where an electrical fire could start the tree on fire", says Capt. Allaire. Chief Jorge Gonzalez of Davie Fire Rescue added. "We're going to make sure that those kids get a Christmas that they don't forget and not because of the fire". "Thank you, thank you for everything and the support in the community", she said. Investigators said an air freshener plugged into the wall or a light may be to blame.

"Dry Christmas trees are extremely flammable and can lead to a devastating house fire in a matter of seconds", he said.

With Christmas in full swing, the Norfolk Fire Department has some reminders for fire safety this holiday season.



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