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Christmas gifts survive house fire

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A Waterloo family was pushed from their home following a fire this weekend. 

Nobody was hurt, but according to family the home is a total loss.

The family says they're shaken Saturday, trying to salvage what they can after the fire. Family members say they think it started from a candle warmer.

Just after 7 p.m. Saturday smoke poured from the home on Fairview Ave.

"Oh it was on fire, it was coming out all through the top," said Trevor Halvorson, Waterloo. "The smoke was coming out of the windows and stuff, but it was basically in the front room here and in the side bedroom and master bedroom, the rest is basically all smoke inhalation. It's basically totaled though, I would say myself."

Halvorson's daughters live inside with their three children. Sunday most of the home is charred and many belongings are ruined, except for their Christmas presents. Perhaps a small Christmas miracle came from the incident.

"What's funny is all the presents were basically in the main living area and none of those got touched, they just got a little smoke on them," said Halvorson.

The father adds, they're sad about the incident, but happy they could still celebrate Christmas.

"The tree caught, you know smoke and stuff, but it just went around it so that was kind of weird," said Halvorson. "The firemen walked in and said that it was kind of weird that the presents didn't get torched with all that paper and stuff."

Despite the negative temperatures the family worked together to salvage what they could from their home.

"We are little slower you know, we waited for the sun to come up and warm up a little bit, but there's not a lot we can get out," said Halvorson. "Just basically handfuls of stuff."

As for the gifts, some of them have already been opened.

"We are going to open some later this afternoon," said Halvorson. "We are going to give them some more stuff and kind of dose them all week with the stuff so they have something to look forward to everyday, I guess till it gets fixed."

Trevor says his children and grandchildren will most likely find another place to live. For now they are staying with family. 

Even though family members think it started from a candle warmer the cause remains under investigation.

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