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Family homeless after blaze damages Adelaide home

Family homeless after blaze damages Adelaide home
A young family of five is homeless after fleeing their burning home in Adelaide's southern suburbs
Fire erupted on the back porch of the home on Collins Parade in Hackham West just after 4am and quickly spread.
Neighbours who ran outside after hearing the commotion were shocked by the intensity of the blaze.
"Just seen all the smoke and the noise and went.. oh god," Hackham resident, Justin Nieass said.
Others like Madeline Cotton were told they must also evacuate, with authorities fearing the flames could endanger other homes.
"The side of the house was on fire and when I ran in to get my daughter all you could see was flames," Ms Cotton said.
"It was terrifying, really frightening especially at four o'clock in the morning."
Relatives and friends are now rallying around the young family who have lived at the property for more than 10 years.
"Losing it at the best of times is one thing but, losing it this close to Christmas is going to make it ten times harder," Mr Nieass said.
The damage bill is estimated around $300,000 and thankfully the family is insured.
Investigations continue into what started the blaze but it's not believed to be suspicious.