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Protect your home from holiday fire dangers

In a matter of moments, that small spark became a raging flame, consuming the tree and quickly spreading. (Photo source: WLOX) In a matter of moments, that small spark became a raging flame, consuming the tree and quickly spreading. (Photo source: WLOX)
Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said it's important that residents be careful to avoid such a tragedy this holiday season. (Photo source: WLOX) Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said it's important that residents be careful to avoid such a tragedy this holiday season. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Gulfport Fire Department held a demonstration this morning to show just how quickly a dry Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Photo source: WLOX) The Gulfport Fire Department held a demonstration this morning to show just how quickly a dry Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Is your home a fire hazard this holiday season? The Gulfport Fire Department held a demonstration this morning to show just how quickly a dry Christmas tree can go up in flames.

Firefighters put a spark beneath a tree located inside a box car at the training center on Pass Road. Along with the decorated tree, the space was furnished to resemble someone's living room, complete with an easy chair and TV.

In a matter of moments, that small spark became a raging flame, consuming the tree and quickly spreading.

Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said it's important that residents be careful to avoid such a tragedy this holiday season. He urges everyone to keep their live tree well watered, don't overload extension cords with holiday lighting and keep any heat sources away from the Christmas tree.

Not only are such fires a real tragedy this time of year, but they also tend to be more deadly than most house fires.

Steve Phillips will have more holiday fire safety tips for you later tonight. Look for the story on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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