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Fire forces family to find another place to celebrate Christmas

Fire forces family to find another place to spend Christmas

READING, Pa. - A Reading family will have to find another place to celebrate Christmas.

A fire damaged the family's home at 1130 Marion St. Tuesday morning.

Rosie Reyes told 69 News she finished making breakfast for her four children and took the food to her daughter upstairs.

"I came down the stairs, not even in one minute, and the whole kitchen was on fire already," said Reyes, who immediately got her children out of the home. "But I have the little dogs and was trying to get them out, but I fall. I couldn't even get out. It was scary."

Reyes said she was saved by her son, who dragged her out of the home unharmed.

Firefighters got the call around 9:30 a.m. The first crews were on the scene in about a minute, limiting most of the damage to the rear of the home, officials said.

"The front is going to have smoke and water damage because of the pressure and all that, but you know, it's certainly re-constructable," said Dep. Chief Tom Kemery, Reading Fire Dept. "Response times do make a difference, and you know, we had a lot of people here quick."

Investigators have not yet determined the official cause of the fire or an exact amount of damage.

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