A fire in New Haven has forced a family of five from their home just 10 days before Christmas.
Crews said they were called to 31 Bond St. around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
They said the fire started in the basement.
A lot of damage was reported, including the loss of Christmas presents.
The homeowner told Eyewitness News that he lived there with his three children and his father. He said the presents can be replaced.
"Somebody called me and said, your house is on fire. I just rushed here and this is what you see," said Stephen Soares. "You don't expect stuff like this to happen and its like, I just watched the renter's insurance commercial the other day on TV and thinking to myself of getting it, and its hard."
As fire investigators looked into a cause, Soares' former girlfriend and the mother of his three children rushed over to lend support, and even a place to stay if needed.
"Everybody is okay and everything that's gone is replaceable, materialistic, but my kids are okay, their dad, his dad, so I thank God for that," said Leyanda DaSilva, of New Haven. "It's just sad that this had to happen right before Christmas and it's just a lot. ' His dad was in an accident. I just got over breast cancer and it's like, now this. We can't get a break, can't get a break."
Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the fire.
The American Red Cross said it was assisting the family.
The exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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