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Family loses home, presents in Christmas morning fire

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A kitchen fire on Christmas morning destroyed a two-flat in Englewood where a family had lived for 20 years.

"We lost everything," said Richard Woodfork, 46, who lived on the second floor of the building at 6941 S. Throop St.

His mother and her 2-month-old foster child lived on the first floor, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Woodfork sat in his car outside the home on Christmas morning, dressed in the robe he threw on when a smoke alarm woke him around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire, whose cause is under investigation, started in the kitchen on the first floor.

"We were all asleep," he said.

Everyone got out safely, but they had to make it through thick smoke.

"It was very difficult to see or breathe," Woodfork said, but he added, "We got out of the house."

After firefighters extinguished the fire, Woodfork said he took a look around inside.

"Everything is gone," he said, including all of the presents that awaited his mother's eight grandchildren, who were supposed to be coming over later to celebrate.

His mother was going to cook for them.

Woodfork wasn't sure where he, his mother and the baby would stay.

"I don't know," he said.

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