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Local family displaced for the holidays after house fire


An afternoon house fire leaves a Waco family of six, homeless for the holidays. Now that family will have to spend the holidays in a hotel.

The family was home were putting up last minute Christmas lights and decorations when that fire broke out. Fortunately they all made it out safe.

The fire happened Monday afternoon on the 3100 hundred block of Trice Avenue. The home may look fine from the outside but inside is a different story.

One of the five kids smelled smoke and told their mother who went to see where the smell was coming from and noticed the flames burning from the attic.

Loredo says she panicked at first before springing into action.

"The first thing I do is tell the older kids to make sure the babies are outside, get the babies and get everybody out. Y'all stay out," says Loredo.  "I just kind of started getting what I could see around me. Anything that I saw, if it was anything I was just throwing it out in the yard just trying to see what I could salvage before the fire took it." 

Firefighters arrived at the house within minutes and were able to put out the fire, but the home suffered heavy smoke and water damage.

"It's heartbreaking. All the things that you care for, all your memories are just irreplaceable items," says Loredo. "It's just hard to see all that torn up and damaged right in front of you. It's hard."

The home wasn't a total loss and Loredo believes she will be able to have it repaired… just not in time for the holidays.

Loredo says her five kids are taking it hard.

"They're just a little upset at the timing with it being around Christmas and all of their Christmas things and plans just kind of gone but you know we count our blessings we got our lives, we got everything of value, we got each other. That was the most important thing," says Loredo.

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