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Slum Dog Millionaire child star loses home in slum fire

NEW DELHI (CNN) -- "Slumdog Millionaire" child star Rubina Ali says her home was gutted by a fire that tore through her Mumbai slum Friday.

"There was fire everywhere, there was so much chaos, my house was completely burned down, the whole slum was burned down," Ali told CNN on Sunday.

The 12-year old said she was watching TV Friday when she said her neighbors started yelling "fire, fire!"

She then grabbed everything she could get her hands on and ran out.

"But my awards are gone, my memories are gone," she said.

Ali was referring to the numerous awards she received for her role as the young Latika in the critically acclaimed film that won multiple Academy Awards.

Ali said her family is now living in a temporary shelter.

Ali's father, Rafiq Qureshi, said they plan to move into a new home provided by a trust set up by the film's director Danny Boyle next month.

"They were in transit, they were just about to move to an apartment the Jai Ho Trust has allotted for them," said trustee Nirja Mattoo said. "But as the building is new, they were waiting for the water and electricity to be installed. But unfortunately this incident happened."

Mattoo confirmed Ali and her family were still residing in the Garib Nagar slum when the fire broke out.

"Our social worker has been meeting with Ali and her family and assessing the situation," Mattoo said. "They lost everything except for an LCD TV and some clothes."

Ali said she is grateful for the support she and her family have been receiving from the trust.

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