Detroit-area dad saves children from fire by tossing them out a window

LIVONIA, MICH. - Faced with a fire that was engulfing his home, a Livonia father threw his children out of a first-story window to safety Tuesday morning, according to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).

A fire broke out on the 18000 block of Lathers around 3 a.m according to the station. They interviewed the father who said the fire, which is believed to have started in the garage, was detected by a fire alarm. Upon waking up, the man rushed to save his 12-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son by throwing them out a back window. 

The father believed the fire had started because of Christmas lights — the lights are up and connected to a timer in the garage. However, Livonia Battalion Chief John Orzech told the station it is too early to tell the cause of the fire. In fact, because the house was overtaken by flames, Orzech said a cause may never be determined. 

"The initial reports were Christmas lights, but there is no way to determine that. It was fully engulfed upon our arrival," Orzech said. "We have an inspector on the way to determine the cause, if we can do that." 

This was the second fire in Livonia that evening. Orzech told the station that "windy conditions" did not help, noting that the home next door also bears some exterior fire damage from heat caused by the wind. 

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