Christmas tree lights blamed for Riverside house fire

By in Press Enterprise on December 31, 2017

By City News Service

RIVERSIDE — A fire caused by Christmas tree lights Saturday damaged a single family home in Riverside, authorities said.

It was reported at about 1:35 p.m. in the 11000 block of Yucca Drive, Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie said.

The first engine company reported moderate smoke showing from the roof line of the home, DeLaurie said. “Firefighters found the home locked but could see that the windows were smoke stained.”

When firefighters forced entry into the home they found a Christmas tree and couch burning in the living room, he said. No one was home.

No firefighters or civilians were injured but the homeowner was displaced, DeLaurie said.

“The fire was caused by a Christmas tree that had its lights on,” he said.

The fire department reminded all residents to keep Christmas trees watered and remove them from the home when they show signs of drying.

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