Christmas tree may be to blame for fire that displaced Irving family
January 22 2018, 12:32 | Irvin Gilbert
54 people lost their homes to fire on Christmas Eve
The Racine Fire Department responded to two fires inside homes late Sunday night, December 24th.
Three families were displaced from their Far South side homes Christmas morning after an extra-alarm fire broke out at a Fernwood neighborhood.
Firefighters received a call of a structure fire at about 10 a.m.at a residence in the 2700 block of Lexington Avenue, Merced Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Franklin said.
Prineville resident Steven Bates, who was leaving a nearby grocery store and saw smoke, went to help and shared video of the intense flames. The three families were given vouchers for housing in hotels, Holmes said, but he was not certain whether they needed additional clothing.
Further, the blaze left the home "uninhabitable", gutting the second floor and causing extensive damage to the first floor.
A man died at an Abington apartment complex yesterday in a fire that remains under investigation.
Firefighters put out the fire fairly quickly.
Red Cross is assisting the 54 residents affected by the fire with necessities and lodging.