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Fire leaves family homeless in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A family with 3 children is without a place to call their own after a fire broke out in their home Wednesday night. It happened around 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Beale Street just west of Notre Dame in South Bend.

The South Bend Fire Department responded within minutes of receiving the 911 call and had the flames extinguished quickly in the cold weather.

One of the residents said although they're thankful that no one was in the house when it happened, they don't know what they're going to do now that they've lost their home and all of their belongings.

"It's never easy, but we're glad and I know I speak for all the volunteers that do this, that we can be a part of the solution," said Doug Farmwald, a Red Cross volunteer.

The Red Cross is partnering with a local hotel to provide the family with a temporary place to stay.

Investigators are still working to figure out the cause of the fire, but they do know that it started in the front living room.

They suspect it may have been an electrical fire, but are waiting to speak with the family before making a decision.


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