Ogden family displaced by fire Christmas morning

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OGDEN — A family of five was displaced Friday morning after a home caught fire, but firefighters were able to salvage the Christmas presents, officials reported.

Seventeen firefighters from the Ogden City Fire Department and the North View Fire District responded about 10:30 a.m. to the fire at 984 N. Orchard Ave., according to Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bauman. Upon arrival, crews battled heavy smoke conditions to enter the home and attack the fire.

The home's occupants, two adults and three children, had made it outside prior to crews' arrival, officials reported.

"Fire crews were able to remove all of the presents from the home to keep them from being damaged in the fire," Bauman said. "(We) will be working closely with the Red Cross to ensure that the family is well provided for and taken care of this Christmas Day."

One occupant was medically evaluated at the scene but did not require transportation for medical treatment, Bauman said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday. Bauman said damage was estimated at $40,000.

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