BEND, OR -- A 12-year old girl home alone escaped injury when the family's Christmas tree caught fire, Wednesday morning. According to Bend Fire investigators, the girl evacuated her northeast Bend home after noticing smoke coming from the base of the tree. Although the tree was green and well watered, the fire grew quickly.
A neighbor used a fire extinguisher to control the blaze until crews arrived. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire, containing it to the tree and surrounding area. Damage is estimated at $2,000, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.