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Garage fire leaves Harrisburg family homeless but safe

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A garage fire broke out early Wednesday morning in Harrisburg while a family with two small children slept.  

Everyone made it out of the fire safely; firefighters were also able to save the family dog and cat.  The cause of the fire is still unknown.  

The fire falls right in the middle of fire prevention week and firefighters said it is a reminder to families to make sure their smoke detectors are working properly.  In this fire, the upstairs smoke detector did not go off.  

"I woke up about two O'Clock clock and my nose was burning and I smelled smoke, and I asked him if he smelled smoke and he went out and opened the patio door, thinking it was the neighbors house that was on fire," Danelle said.  

One of the home owners found that the smoke and fire was coming from their garage; the couple quickly got the two small children out of the house. 

The family had just moved into the home in July.  Danelle said she installed a new smoke detector in the basement where her children sleep; however, the upstairs smoke detector was old and did not go off.  

"Thinking about it now, I would have it [a smoke detector] up stairs as well…but there won't be too few of them in this house now," Danelle said.  

The couple hopes to repair the home.  They met with insurance adjusters all day to figure out what to do next.  

"First thing will be finding a place to live, I know now that its going to take a few months to get back in here and then it will be finding a couple of cars, we're both out of cars," Danelle said.  

Their home owners insurance only goes so far.  Both of the vehicles in the garage only had liability coverage, which means insurance won't be paying the bill. 

Dale and Danelle are sifting through the rest of the house to see what belongings made it through the fire.  Much of the kitchen and other rooms attached to the garage have melted photos and wall hangings.  There is also extensive smoke damage throughout the home.  

Among their bubbly and black belongings is a partially melted clock that stopped right at 2:30 a.m. when the fire was at its strongest.  Danelle said she hopes to keep the clock as a reminder to always check her smoke detectors.

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