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CARMICHAEL, CA - A fire forced one family out of their home Monday afternoon, Christmas Eve.

As firefighters worked to mop up the hotspots, the Rezaie family held on to one another for support.

"It was our first Christmas tree in 12 years," Shadi Rezaie said. "And we thought it was going to be a good Christmas."

The fire broke out around 1 p.m. in a home on the 6200 block of Sutter. Fortunately, Kaveh and his daughter Shadi were in the backyard.

"My daughter saw the smoke and I heard a pop," Kaveh explained. "And I ran to the front and the house was on fire."

The fire started in the front, but moved quickly through the attic. Almost everything was gone.

"Everything in the house, all of our presents," Kaveh said. "We had a lot of presents this year, too"

Ruth raced home as fast as she could.

"Of course, you hit every red light and you're screaming at everyone to hurry up and get out of the way to get here," Ruth recalled. "And it wasn't fast enough."

However, while the presents and their home were destroyed, the Rezais are grateful for one another this Christmas Eve.

"But I am just happy they are safe," Ruth said. "That's all that matters."

The Rezaies plan to stay with family and friends.

The Rezaies had been using a space heater to warm their home. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

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