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Firefighters save Christmas packages from Sacramento house fire

A Sacramento firefighter carries Christmas packages from a Robla-area home damaged by an attic fire.
A Sacramento firefighter carries Christmas packages from a Robla-area home damaged by an attic fire. Sacramento Fire Department @SacFirePIO

Four people were displaced Tuesday evening after an attic fire damaged their Robla-area home, but Sacramento firefighters were able to save the family’s Christmas gifts.

The fire in the 500 block of Claire Avenue was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Fire officials said the fire was confined to the attic and no one was injured. A video posted on the Fire Department’s Twitter account showed flames leaping from the roof.

A home on the 500 block of Claire Avenue, north of Interstate 80, suffered extensive damage from a fire that roared through the attic the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

The department posted photos to Twitter showing a firefighter carrying wrapped packages from the home in a effort to save the family’s Christmas gifts. Crews also brought in salvage covers to protect furniture as the pulled down the ceiling to attack the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Sacramento Fire Department conducted a demonstration on how fast a dry Christmas tree can turn into a torch inside home. The video illustrates how important it is to keep a tree watered and away from heat sources such as a space heater. Firefi

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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