Neighbors rush to save precious belongings during house fire

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DENVER -- Fire crews worked to contain a fire in West Highlands that broke out Sunday afternoon as neighbors and witnesses rushed in to save the family's most important belongings.

"We're kinda a tight block here, well definitely take care of them, you know it's just awful that this happened" said one neighbor who witnessed the blaze.

At around 1:30 p.m. Denver Fire crews responded to a Victorian home on the 3200 block of  North Osceola Street on reports of a fire burning in the attic. No one was inside the home at the time.

Gusty winds have hindered efforts to contain the fire. Neighbors say the wind played a major factor and that flames were ‘shooting up’ everywhere.

"It's hard to describe, it was almost like the flames were chasing you out of the house," said Jeff Hoff, who ran into the home to help grab electronics and photos.

Gusty winds have hindered efforts to contain the fire. Fire crew say there was extensive damage to the back of the home, including the deck and garage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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