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Family of 5 Homeless After Overnight House Fire

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 7:53am

EL PASO - An overnight fire destroyed a home in far east El Paso County.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the home in the 5700 block of Mountain Sun in far east El Paso County just after midnight Tuesday. 

A smoke detector alerted the family of five and they all escaped unharmed.

One family member tried to put out the fire with a water hose and had to be evacuated by deputies. 

According to firefighters, the family had used their fire place earlier in the evening and the fire might not have been completely extinquished before the family went to bed.

The damage is estimated at approximately $80,000.

The family does not have homeowners insurance.

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