South Laredo family displaced after fire destroys home

The family was sleeping when a fire broke out at the 2400 block of Santa Clara.
Published: Dec. 8, 2020 at 10:12 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2020 at 10:28 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A family is without a home after a fire destroys it.

Devastated and heartbroken, they spoke to KGNS on what they went through and how you can help.

Memories turned to ashes, a family left picking up the pieces... but for Ramona Esquivel, all she could think about is her children.

“All I could think of was my kids and for us to get out as soon as we could.”

She recounts the terrifying moments in which she led her family out of the burning building.

After waking up to the smell of burnt plastic and seeing the smoke, she sprang into action, grabbing her daughter and three grand kids and leaving everything behind.

“We lost everything, all we were left with was the clothes we were wearing when it happened.”

Family members shared their pain.

“It’s the month for Christmas and those little kids don’t have nothing right now and they’re gonna be with no house to be living,” said Mario Sanchez. “Nothing, not even clothes, no food, no money.”

Thankfully, their neighbors welcomed them in, letting the family stay the night.

The neighborhood is showing their support.

“When I got the news I was shocked,” said Odilia Suarez Bustamante, owner of the apartment complex. “We’re all here together and I feel they’ve gotten a lot of support from out neighbors, also.”

Ramona says it hurts that the fire destroyed her grand kids school supplies, toys, and electronics for school and the family says they’re thankful for those who are reaching out.

Thankfully, the family was not hurt and at this time the cause of the fire is still unknown.

If you would like to help the family, the community can call 956-319-3608.

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