Two Families Picking Up The Pieces After Massive Blaze

Two families lost everything to a fire.  It happened earlier this week, but after seeing our story right here on 3News, much of the community has come together to help get one of those families back on their feet.

3News reporter Anayeli Ruiz spoke with one of those families.

Monday afternoon, Cindy and her family lost their home to a devastating fire. The blaze happened on West Avenue E around three in the afternoon. Fire officials believe it might have been an electrical problem.

Cindy Aldaco, mother who lost her home in fire, says "everything was burnt. I have no floor...everything is basically ashes."

Cindy lived in her home with her husband, her two kids and her granddaughter. After seeing this tragic story, many community members wanted to lend a hand.

Laura Montemayor, helped organize Saturday's benefit, says "I immediately wanted to help it broke my heart to see that they lost everything.

That is why a fundraiser was held for the family on Saturday. They sold BBQ plates, took in donations and the community showed an out-pour of support. Folks there donated food, clothes and other items to benefit the Aldaco family.

"Anything that we needed was donated," says Laura.

And despite loosing everything, the family is extremely grateful for all of the support that was given to them this weekend.

"I'm thankful for everyone coming together supporting," says Cindy. "I know my family will get through this. We will be okay."

In all, they were able to raise about $5,000.

The family also has an account set up at the Navy Army Credit Union under "Elizabeth Hernandez."


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