Walton County firefighters save Christmas gifts from fire

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Walton County firefighters rescued Christmas gifts, family photos and other valuable possessions from a burning house Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

At 4:35 a.m. Saturday, the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department, Walton County Fire Department, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and DeFuniak Springs Fire Department were dispatched to a fire in structure on Old Airport Road.

The caller said the fire started on the back porch of the house and quickly spread to the house.

First responders arrived on the scene to find flames consuming the back porch of the home and quickly began fighting the blaze. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the back porch and kitchen of the house.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters began trying to salvage as many personal effects as possible from the smoke-damaged home. Firefighters were able to recover the family’s Christmas gifts and many other valuables from the smoky house.

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“Losing a home or being displaced from a home so close to Christmas is heartbreaking, especially when children are involved,” Battalion Commander Javier Canut said in a statement. “So we were all determined to try and save as much of their Christmas as possible, and we’re happy to report that all of their gifts under the tree were saved from the fire.”

The state fire marshal’s office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross was called to help the family who had been displaced from their home.

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