Brian Kelly Twitter:@brpkelly

WILDWOOD, MO (KMOX)- At least seven area residents won’t be waking up in their own homes Christmas morning, after three Christmas Eve fires.

One blaze heavily damaged a home in the 2700 block of Wynncrest Manor Drive in Wildwood.  Metro-West Fire Protection District Chief Vince Loyal tells KMOX the owners arrived at the home after the fire broke out, and immediately surmised what started it, “They indicated that they had cleaned the fireplace this morning, and put the ashes in the garage.”

Loyal says the fire spread quickly, “Crews arrived on the scene. They had significant fire in the garage. They began their initial, aggressive offense attack and it progressed through the garage ceiling and got into the attic. At that point, we converted to a defensive attack and pretty much the structure is a significant loss”

A housekeeper who was home got out safely.

Loyal recommends if you clean your fireplace, put the ashes in a metal container and put it outside.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is providing shelter for five family members after fire damaged their home in the 5100 block of Maffitt in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Cross is also  helping two adults find a place to stay after an early Tuesday morning fire destroyed their home at Tower Valley and Tower Road east of Cedar Hill.

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