Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

A fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a Kankakee house . When firefighters arrived they say there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the house. 7-year-old T’niyah Hale was killed and four others were taken to hospitals including the girl’s uncle Robert Harris who tried to get inside the burning home to rescue his family. He is at Loyola University Medical Center with burns over 50 percent of his body.

The day after Christmas the family not only lost a child, but their home and all their belongings. “At this time the family has absolutely nothing, no more than the clothes that’s on their back,” Bishop Kenneth Franklin, a relative said.