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Family struggling after fire destroys their home

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A Valley family is trying to recover after a fire ripped through their home.

Samia Anglo and her family surveyed the damage less than 24 hours after the fire broke out.

She said, "No more house. Everything is gone. It's destroyed. Everything's destroyed. I have nothing."

Anglo lived in the house with her husband, their nine children and three grandchildren, ages 1 through 25. She is originally from Sudan and moved to the United States 13 years ago to provide a better life for her family. Now their home is uninhabitable.

Nahsoon Koko says, "Everything is soaked in water and we tried to save some clothes but they were all wet, with smoke and stains, so it smells just like fire. It's kind of disturbing. It made me really sad because it took my mom a long time to finally get a home, so to find out that it caught on fire made me sad."

Firefighters are still investigating what caused the fire but say it started in the back patio area and quickly spread through the attic to the front living room.  Many family members were home at the time, but fortunately no one was hurt.

Koko said, "I was worried how my mom would feel, but when she came, she was just worried that we were alright, so that made us feel better. She wasn't worried about the disaster, she just ran straight to us and started hugging us."

Anglo is determined and says the fire will not destroy her family.  She said, "You have to be strong and that's why I am strong.  We need my home back. We don't need to move out. We need to just fix it."

 The Red Cross is helping the family.  They're staying in a nearby hotel, all in one room.

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