BAXTER-Amy and Chad Price of Baxter have to rearrange their Christmas plans and live in a hotel for a few days, but they feel blessed their family is OK after waking up Monday to their garage on fire.

The couple and their two daughters- Emily, 16 and Morgan, 14-watched from across the street as the Brainerd Fire Department responded at 3:56 a.m. to their residence on the 12000 block of Camwood Trail in Baxter to extinguish an attached garage fire.

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Amy Price said the family's dachshund/mix dog Jenga barked and woke her up to alert her of the fire.

"I got up and saw the smoke," Price said. "We have a fireplace, but it didn't register at that moment that we hadn't built a fire the night before. So I thought the fireplace was smoking so I went downstairs and it was just thick (of smoke). I came racing back upstairs and told my husband there is smoke everywhere in the house and when we turned around we could see an orange glow out our front door through the glass and we opened the door and was like 'our house is on fire.'"

The couple grabbed their two daughters and dog and got out of the house and called 911.

Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said when firefighters arrived there were flames on the front corner of the two-stall garage. Eighteen firefighters were on scene and they contained the fire in the garage. Firefighters had to pull the ceiling in the entryway and pull out the insulation between the garage and house to make sure the fire was completely out.

The garage was totaled and the house has smoke damage, but it is livable, Holmes said.

"The cause of the fire at this point is not known," Holmes said. "It is under investigation.

"I'm pleased with our response times. We were able to get to the scene and save the house."

Price said the house smells awful and her lungs hurt, but, "We are making the best out of it. We still have our house. We are so thankful. The outpouring has been wonderful."

Price is optimistic that the belongings in the house, including the Christmas presents will be fine after it all is professionally cleaned. In the garage, Price said the only sentimental value items to her were the five tubs of Halloween costumes she made over the years. She said that makes her sad that they were destroyed, but again she is thankful the family is OK and the house was saved.

"Everything else we had in the garage can be replaced," Price said of the other items, including their two vehicles.

Price said the garage fire does shake up their week, as it is their daughter Morgan's birthday today, Dec. 22, and then the Christmas holiday. She said the family was going to host her husband's family on Christmas, but the venue will now have to be relocated.

"It's a minor inconvenience," Price said of changing plans.

"Our two cats made it out fine and our dog is going to get a huge treat for Christmas."

Firefighters were at the Price home for three hours extinguishing the fire and the overhaul. The Baxter Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance assisted firefighters at the scene.

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