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Child starts Waterloo house fire in Christmas tree

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A mother and her two children are safe after a 4-year-old playing with matches set fire to the family Christmas tree.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 400 block of Cottage Street just after 10:30 Tuesday morning. Crews say the child was playing with the matches when the family's 3-foot Christmas tree caught fire.

It happened shortly after another fire on Franklin Street. Officials say some firefighters were pulled from the Franklin Street fire, and crews were stretched thin, but they were able to handle both fires.

There was smoke damage to the second floor at the Cottage Street address. The Red Cross is helping the family.

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