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Donations being accepted for displaced Eureka family

Brandon Peoples contributed to this story.
A Eureka family has been displaced just before Christmas after fire and smoke destroyed its house.

According to Doug Williams with the Eureka Fire Department, the fire occurred Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at a home at Fourth and Oak. It's believed to have started accidentally on the back porch of the home.

Williams says a mother and three children survived the blaze. The fire destroyed the back porch and did extensive damage to the back side of the house. In addition there was heavy smoke damage throughout the home.

The Red Cross is helping the family on a short-term basis. At least one donation drive is underway to provide clothing for the children:

*A 14-year-old boy who wears adult large to extra-large shirts, 34-x-34 pants and size-14 shoe.
*A 10-year-old girl wearing size-10 clothing and a size-7 shoe.
*A 7-year-old boy wearing size-8 clothing and a size-4 shoe.

Donations can be taken to The Eureka Herald, 822 East River Street in Eureka.