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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:28am
EL PASO (KDBC) — A family was without a place to stay after a fire damaged their home in Northeast El Paso. Meanwhile, fire investigators were trying to figure out what caused it.
"People were screaming and running out of the house," said neighbor Arlen Henry.
Neighbors on Kellogg near Transmountain heard screams for help as a nearby home went up in flames.
"At first it was black smoke, but then the flames got bigger and it seemed like it was going to reach next door," said Henry.
"I'm walking down the street, the next thing you know, I just see flames coming out the windows," said neighbor Travis Keene.
Firefighters said a family made up of a mom, dad, two daughters, a son and a Chihuahua got out of their home just in time.
Friends of the young boy said they're worried and say it's even worse because today is his birthday.
"We came outside and we saw the flames going through the house and then we were just asking our friends if they were OK," said Mercedez Villalobos. “We didn't want any of them to get hurt.”
The paramedics checked out three of the family members and they're expected to be OK.
The Red Cross was helping the family find a place to stay.