Three families displaced in Malden fire, no injuries

Posted: 12/25/13 at 4:05 pm EST      Last Updated: 12/26/13 at 10:41 am EST

MALDEN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Flames tore through a home in Malden overnight, and even though the three families no longer have a place to call home they are thankful no one was injured.

"The best present we could have got is that everyone's okay, so can't really ask for much more right now,” Jessica Joas, one of the 15 people who lived in the house, said.

Red Cross workers were at the house, helping the residents find food, clothing and shelter.

“Being a holiday to be displaced in a fire like this is always tragic, but we're very grateful for the American Red Cross from the bottom of our collective hearts and the donors who made this possible. Because as you know, this is a gift from the American people,” Jonathan Goldfree, a Red Cross worker, said.

Friends were also quick to lend a hand.

Today should be a happy day, celebrating with your family and she doesn't even have a place to stay. We want to help out as much as we can,” Melanie Blake, one of Jessica's friends, said.

Jessica's family went to her aunts house for their annual Christmas dinner, but she said it doesn't feel right.

"It’s not supposed to happen. I feel like I’m in shock. I feel like I’m in a dream, I don't think this is real," she said.

Firefighters say the blaze was electrical in nature. They say there isn’t much the family could have done because of the old wiring in the home.

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