Pendleton City Prosecutor Nancy Kern's and herr family spent Christmas morning wondering if they would ever see their prized belongings again.

A fire started on the third floor of Nancy and Carter's large historic Main Street home on North Hill. Luckily the fire chief lives nearby and crews responded quickly containing the blaze.

Firefighters from Hermiston, Pilot Rock and reservation all responded.

At first the crew tried to minimize water damage to the first floor, but the situation became dangerous because the home is a bit of a maze.

What wasn't damaged from fire and smoke was undoubtedly soaked in water.

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