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Firefighters Battle House Fire, Save Christmas Presents

One floor at a time, they started looking for presents.

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    Firefighters Save Christmas for Whitman Family

    NBC10 Boston reporter Perry Russom reports on firefighters who put out a house fire and then recovered the family's Christmas presents.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018)

    On Christmas Eve, the family of four was at church services in Quincy when they got a call from their landlord.

    Their apartment on Linden Street was on fire.

    "When we got out of church which was around 8:30, that's when we got a message on our phones," said James Njenga.

    The Whitman Fire Chief said the original 911 call came in as a mattress fire.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    "All fingers right now are pointing towards an electrical issue," said Chief Timothy Grenno of the Whitman Fire Department.

    The bathroom is melted and soot is everywhere.

    Chief Grenno said the Njenga's won't be able to go back home for months.

    When the flames were finally out Monday night, firefighters back in to see what they could save

    "I think everybody who was there on scene knew that it needed to be done," said Matt Busch, a firefighter for Whitman.

    One floor at a time, they started looking for presents.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The Njenga's were hidden in a closet out of the reach of the flames.

    "We are safe and the kids had a great Christmas," said Kate Njenga. "They don't even know anything happened...it did not affect them and we are so thankful."

    No one was injured in the fire.

    Chief Grenno said the families on the first and third floors should be able to return home in the next few days.

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