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May 12, 2012 4:00 PM

Family forced out of home after fire

TUCSON - A water heater malfunction is to blame for a house fire in the 200 block of West Oklahoma Saturday morning.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. While the resident called 911, a neighbor came into the backyard, broke out a window and used a hose to knock down the fire.

Everyone inside the house made it out safely including five birds, one cat and one dog.

It took fire crews about a half hour to get the fire completely under control.

The house is a complete loss. The Red Cross is assisting the family with food, clothing, shelter and medication.

Damage is estimated to be about $100,000.

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