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Family of Four Escape House Fire

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Fri, November 29 2013 at 5:15 PM, Updated: Fri, November 29 2013 at 7:17 PM

A midnight fire sends a family running out of their Medford home.

Everyone is safe but a family, the day after Thanksgiving, will be unable to stay in their burned home.

Much of the roof on the Medford home in the 3800-block of Mallard Lane, is scorched and fallen in.

"We heard two pops on the outside of the house, just bam bam, right in a row," said the homeowner who did not want to speak on camera.

The fire broke out just before midnight on Thanksgiving.

"I went out around the back of the house and the whole side of the house was in flames, engulfed in flames from up the side down to the fence. The whole thing," recalled the homeowner.

He immediately jumped into action, getting his wife and two kids out of his burning home.

Fire fighters said nearby houses were also evacuated.

Next-door neighbor, Rick Hobson's home, sustained damaged as well. He received a stressful phone call last night when he was out of town.

"They told me that my house had some damage, but the neighbor's house was in total ruins," said Hobson.

When he arrived back home this morning, he surveyed the damage.

"Need to have insurance called," he began.

"I see that the windows have been broken out," observed Hobson.

Meanwhile, another neighbor living behind the burned home is dealing with her own mess. She said one of the water canons used to put out the fire, sent water pouring into her home. Now she's cleaning up her soaked carpet and the glass from her shattered back window.

Back at the home that went up in flames, a family is trying to salvage what they can.

"At least half of their house is destroyed," said Erin Sawall, Battalion Chief for Medford Fire and Rescue.

The homeowner speculates the cause may have been electrical, however investigators are still working to find the cause.   

Fortunately, the homeowner says his family does have a place to stay.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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