Cypress Hills family's home nearly destroyed by flames

CYPRESS HILLS - A family in Cypress Hills is picking up the pieces Monday after a fire nearly destroyed its home.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out at the Grand Avenue home around 10 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe the fire was due to an electrical short circuit. One 14-year-old boy suffered a leg injury after jumping from a second-floor window. All family members were able to get out safely. Four were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

At least 20 family members lived inside the home. While some family members tried to salvage what they could from the house, others are counting their blessings no lives were lost. The family is staying with relatives until it finds new permanent housing.

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