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Family loses Christmas gifts in fire

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Buffalo: Family loses Christmas gifts in fire
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A family in the Town of Lockport has been forced to put their holiday plans on hold after a fire ripped through their trailer home Thursday morning. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on the incident and what caused Christmas gifts for the Prosser family's four children to go up in smoke.

TOWN OF LOCKPORT, N.Y. — "I took my kids to school, the babysitter, others went to school I went to work,” Jean Prosser said. “Then I got a call around 10:30 that said our house was on fire."

One that left the Prosser family to pick up the pieces after a fire tore through their Mallard Drive home in the Town of Lockport Thursday morning. According to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies a neighbor reported the fire which took five fire companies to extinguish.

"It started somewhere from the furnace to our chest freezer, that's all they could tell us," Prosser explained. "We're trying to go through what we can to see if there's any left that didn't get burned or didn't get damaged from the smoke."

And as officials investigate the cause, Prosser and his fiancé were left with the difficult task of telling their four children.

"They're not doing too good right now,” Kristi Diramio said. “They're all upset because all their stuff is gone."

Making matters worse at this time of year, sifting through the rubble Thursday afternoon it seems little is left of the Prosser's home including Christmas gifts.

"It was 98 percent done for them, finally this year,” Diramio said. “We actually had it all pretty much done for the first time."

The Red Cross has stepped into assist the couple and their children, the youngest is just two years old. They're asking those interested in helping to make a financial donation to assist the family and others in need.

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