Christmas tree fire destroys Del City home

A Christmas tree caught fire Monday, sparking a blaze that destroyed a Del City family's home and killed seven dogs.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Published: December 24, 2012
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A Christmas tree caught fire Monday afternoon and caused a family to lose its home and seven dogs, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to 1517 Shalimar Drive about 3 p.m. Friday and found the home fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Four adults and three children escaped. Three dogs and a snake also were removed from the home. But seven dogs, some of them puppies, did not survive, fire Maj. Brandon Pursell said.

Damage to the home was estimated at $120,000.