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Fire destroyed her home but strengthened her family bonds

Family loses everything in house fire

Mother and grandmother Latitia Williams describes her and her family’s escape from the burning house in Washington Park, IL. The family now needs help recovering.
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Mother and grandmother Latitia Williams describes her and her family’s escape from the burning house in Washington Park, IL. The family now needs help recovering.

Letitia Williams saw her house burn down nearly a week ago, leaving her without much besides her life and her family.

She said that is plenty.

"All this materialistic stuff, I can replace it. But my grandkids, and myself, we can't be replaced," she said. "So I'm just glad I got them out of the house — and my son — and we got out of the house safely. I'm thankful. I really am. I'm breathing; they're breathing. We just took a loss as far as a living space, but I can buy another house; I can buy more furniture."

That was admirable, but what really seemed impressive was the depth of her commitment to her family.

Her 6-year-old grandson started the fire by playing around.

She took him in two years ago from the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She said she doesn't really know what he's been through, and he likely didn't understand what he did and the tragedy her family escaped.

Following the fire, DCFS asked whether she still wanted him in her home.

"Yeah, that's my grandbaby."

Her resolve to rise from the ashes and her dedication to raising a potentially troubled child are admirable.

"I can't look sad and make my boys feel sad. I got to look at it like maybe it wasn't for us to live like this; maybe we can do something different."

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