A Family is Homeless After a Devastating House Fire

Mar 17, 2011 7:38 PM

Jasmine Leyva says, "By that time, my mom opens the door and the flames are coming out, and they're like as big as I am. And it was already too late to save the house."

17 year old Jasmine, her mother and two of her brothers were inside their home on Florence Avenue when the fire broke out. Jasmine grabbed her brothers and ran outside to call 9-1-1. Her mom, Patricia, ran back inside to salvage what she could. Patricia says, "I couldn't see the extinguisher, I couldn't see the walls, I couldn't see anything."

And she wasn't the only one. Her little brother ran back into the home to try and save his dog. Jasmine says, "He runs back in the house and I'm out here on the phone like just get out of the house. Come here, come here. I did not want him dying."

The fire started in the bathroom and spread to the boy's bedroom. As you can see most of the damage happened in this room where three of the five children sleep.. Ruining all of their clothes and belongings. Fortunately, two of them were at school at the time. Family members agree the most important thing is that they all made it out of the burning house alive, but they have no idea where they are going to go from here. Patricia says, "It's a complete loss. It's something I've never felt before."


family had just moved into this home about a month ago, and didn't have renters insurance. If you have anything you would like to donate, contact their neighbor Lena Lewis at 693-9402. Or go to any Wells Fargo Bank and donate to "Jesus T. Leyva Fund" at account #: 3804058174.


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