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Child with matches starts fire

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FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A 6-year-old boy playing with matches accidentally started a blaze that destroyed a mobile home in Forest Grove. The fire started Wednesday evening at the Grove Mobile Home Park. 

The boy admitted to finding a pack of matches while his grandparents slept in the other room. He says he climbed onto the top bunk of a bed and began lighting them, dropping one on the mattress. When the fire began to grow, he woke his grandparents and they all escaped safely. 

Fire crews arrived and put out the flames within minutes, but by then the home and all the belongings were considered a total loss. Three of the family's cats and several pet birds did not survive. A fourth cat is still missing. The Red Cross is working to provide assistance to the family.

Fire investigators say the home did not have a working smoke alarm. They urge people to make sure their smoke detectors are in working order to keep your family and property safe.

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