Christmas Presents stacked in the back of a silver truckFirefighters save Christmas presents, family photos, and other prized possessions from a burning home early this morning.

At 4:35 a.m. Argyle Volunteer Fire Department, Walton County Fire Rescue, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, and DeFuniak Springs Fire Department were dispatched to a home on Old Airport Road following a 911 call reporting a structure fire. The caller stated the fire started on the back porch of the home and was quickly spreading into the house.

First responders arrived on scene to find flames consuming the back porch of the home and quickly began fighting the flames. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the back porch and the kitchen of the home. Once the blaze was under control, firefighters started trying to salvage as many personal belongings as possible from the smoke-damaged home.

The family’s Christmas presents were saved from the fire. Firefighters were also able to pull family photos and other prized possessions from the smoke-filled home.

“To lose a home or be displaced from a home this close to Christmas is heartbreaking, especially when children are involved,” says Battalion Chief Javier Canut. “So, we were all determined to try to salvage as much of their Christmas as possible, and we are happy to report all of their presents under the tree were saved from the fire.”

Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family who were displaced from their home.