Fort Collins family of 6 displaced by house fire

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A family of six and their pets escaped after a fire broke out in the garage of a home on Sunday morning, the Poudre Fire Authority said.

The initial call came in about 7:40 a.m. and the fire was brought under control by 8:30 a.m., fire officials said.

The six family members, their dogs and two cats were not injured.

Investigators believe the fire was accidentally started from improper disposal of hot ashes. The fire started in the garage and spread to the attic.

The Poudre Fire Authority said ashes must be disposed of in a metal can with a tight-fitting lid that can be kept on a noncombustible surface.

The Poudre Fire Authority’s Customer Assistance Response Team and the American Red Cross coordinated to assist the family with clothes and temporary lodging.

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