Authorities Investigating Whether Christmas Tree Sparked House Fire in Granada Hills

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Authorities where working to determine whether a Christmas tree left up too long sparked a destructive house fire in Granada Hills on Monday.

Firefighters battled an intense blaze at a house in Granada Hills on Jan. 4, 2016. (Credit: OnScene TV)
Firefighters battled an intense blaze at a house in Granada Hills on Jan. 4, 2016. (Credit: OnScene TV)

The fire broke out in a two-story home in the 17000 block of West Blackhawk Street just after 12:30 a.m., according to a bulletin from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“We had fire from every orifice of this house. First and second floor,” LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda said.

More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze for 48 minutes before the flames were finally knocked down, the Fire Department stated.

A burned Christmas tree found in the home was being investigated as a possible cause of the fire, but officials have not determined the official cause.

“Inside the living room there were remnants of a Christmas tree … Our encouragement for the families and your viewers is it’s time to get the trees out of your home,” Ruda said.

The family that lives in the home was out of town at the time of the fire, according to Ruda.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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