Phoenix family displaced by house fire

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Four people were displaced after a fire ripped through their west Phoenix home Saturday.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Mark Vanacore said the fire originated in a room where the family had placed a live Christmas tree. The lights were left on.

The family left the home near 61st Avenue and McDowell Road about 20 minutes before a neighbor noticed the fire, Vanacore said.

"I smelled plastic and wires burning, came outside, and I saw a little bit of smoke coming out of the house," said neighbor Chris Costabioe. "I came out here, went out front, and the front windows of that blue house right there had flames just coming out the side of it."

Costabioe said firefighters arrived a couple of minutes later.

"The trucks just kept coming -- crazy," he said. "They were all over the place."

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.