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Christmas tree starts house fire in Laveen

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LAVEEN, Ariz. -

Three children escaped a burning home in Laveen late Saturday night. They're okay, but the home appears to be a total loss.

Fire investigators say the Christmas tree may be to blame. The most severe damage to the home appears to near the family room window.

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. Saturday. A teen and two younger children were home at the time.

"The little girls told us, they came out from the side of the house right here. They couldn't get out through the living room because it went up so fast," said neighbor Steven Cuen.

Outside the home near 75th Avenue and Baseline, crews piled up charred pieces of furniture on the driveway on Sunday.

"There was a lot of crying. I mean, I felt bad for them, they lost a lot of stuff. They emptied a lot of stuff out of the house from the living room and it was all gone. Everything was gone."

Neighbors tell us you could see the family's Christmas tree in the family room window. Recently, Phoenix firefighters warned residents to get rid of their Christmas trees. The older and drier they get, the quicker they can burn.

Earlier this week firefighters lit a dry Christmas tree on fire to demonstrate how dangerous they can be. Within seconds, the tree was engulfed in flames.

"It is very important to start taking these things down, taking the trees out of the home especially if they are very dry. Taking the lights off, because any kind of electrical malfunction can start a fire. As you could see in our demo, within ten seconds the fire was fully involved in that room."

While firefighters say the Christmas tree was where the fire started, they haven't said exactly what sparked the blaze.

Firefighters are urging people to recycle their Christmas trees.

Phoenix Christmas Tree Recycling
Dec. 26 to Jan. 5  
· Deer Valley Park, 19th Avenue and Utopia Road
· Paradise Valley Park, 40th Street south of Union Hills Drive
· Sereno Park, 56th Street and Sweetwater Avenue
· Cactus Park, 38th Avenue and Cactus Road
· Mountain View Park, Seventh Avenue south of Peoria Avenue
· Marivue Park, 59th Avenue and Osborn Road
· Washington Park, 23rd Avenue and Maryland Avenue
· Madison Park, 16th Street and Glenrosa Avenue
· Los Olivos Park, 28th Street and Devonshire Avenue
· Desert West Park, 67th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard
· El Reposo Park, Seventh Street and Alta Vista Road
· Mountain Vista Park, 50th Street just north of Ray Road
· Desert Foothills Park, Desert Foothills and Chandler Boulevard
· Cesar Chavez Park, 35th Avenue and Baseline Road


City of Mesa free Christmas tree drop-off points
Open 24 hours a day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 13
730 N. Mesa Drive
6935 E. Decatur Street
2430 S. Ellsworth Road,
854 N. Lindsay Road,
2363 S. Dobson Road.

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