Brownsville Family Loses Home in Fire

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 9:25am

A family of four loses everything in a fire, and the cause, is yet to be determined.

Omar Mendoza and his family lived in this mobile home for nearly a decade. The home where he watched his kids grow up. Today, he's picking up what's left after a fire destroyed nearly everything the family owned.

"The fire is still under investigation but it's going to be very difficult to determine the exact cause of the fire because of the amount of damage."

Fire Marshal, Ben Nuñez, says the fire department received the call just before 5:30 Monday afternoon. Several fire units responded to the call but by the time they arrived, the home was already engulfed in flames and saving anything from it was nearly impossible.

"I understand what they're going through. I’ve been in a fire. I know the trauma and it's close to Christmas and not having your own place is very hurt."

27-year-old, Maria Mosqueda, went through a similar experience seven years ago. She was sleeping in her mobile home when she was awakened by the strong smell of smoke.

"The living room caught on fire and waking up like that was, waking up with the smoke was very surprising, in shock, yes."

Luckily then, she had no children and was home alone when the fire ignited. But her home wasn't a complete loss, like the Mendoza’s.

"Thank God they're fine and no one got hurt."

Firefighters used nearly 3,000 gallons of water to contain the flames but it wasn't until more than an hour later before the fire was completely extinguished.

"Mobile homes retain the heat inside them and they build up the heat at a very quick, fast rate. And it's not unusual at all, within four to five minutes these mobile homes are completely destroyed sometimes."

And he believes that's what happened in this case. With not many choices left, Mendoza, along with his friends, began tearing down what's left of the home to start rebuilding a new one. Everything is practically ruined. Anything from electronics to clothing and even some Christmas presents the family had begun to put under their tree are all turned to ashes.

Fire investigators will continue to work this case but because the fire was so extreme, the Fire Marshal doesn't think they'll ever know what caused the unfortunate blaze.

If you'd like to help the family, you can contact them directly at: (956) 755-8836.

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