Family of 7 Displaced by Clairemont House Fire

By Lauren Steussy, Michelle Rivera and Tony Shin
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:58 AM PDT
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Linda Vista resident Leo Madrigal talks with NBC 7's Tony Shin about the fire that destroyed his family's home just days before Christmas.

Linda Vista resident Leo Madrigal talks with NBC 7's Tony Shin about the fire that destroyed his family's home just days before Christmas.

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A fire broke out in a Clairemont home Tuesday afternoon, displacing a family of seven, according to fire officials.

The fire started just after 4 p.m. in the 3200 block of Ashford Street, and was knocked down shortly after crews arrived. 

Firefighters responded, and could see smoke and flames upon arrival. They had to cut through bars on the windows and doors of the house to access the inside.

There was a moment of panic when a mother thought her son was inside the home. However, after searching the home firefighters found no one inside the home.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by unattended food left cooking. The fire caused $300,000 in damage. 

Inside, the charred kitchen was hardly recognizable, except for the kitchen sink.

Earlier reports from the fire department stated nine people were displaced. The department has since revised that number. 

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