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Christmas lights may be blamed for house fire

12:05 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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A father and his teen daughter were forced to jump for their lives early Monday.

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Fire investigators say Christmas lights may have caused a fire that forced an East Point father and daughter to jump for their lives Monday.

According to East Point Fire Chief Michael Webb, the lights on the family's Christmas tree were left on all night, plugged into an extension cord.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames by the time they arrived on the 400 block of Gus Thornhill Jr. Drive., at around 3 a.m.

Fire officials said a fire alarm woke the man and his 16-year-old daughter up. They jumped out of a second story window to safety.

The father was not hurt, but his daughter was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston after complaining of arm pain.

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