Loved ones of an Alton family who lost two family members and a friend in a house fire continue mourning their loss. But as News Center 23’s Jose Saenz tells us, they’re also making an effort to help out the family of the friend who died, and the survivors of the blaze.
“We’re a bit more calm now. It’s difficult what happened to our family. This was a tragedy.” Says Sandra Arriaga, sister of the victim.
It’s been five days since Sandra Arriaga lost her sister, 37 year old Maria Maldonado and her five year old nephew, Gustavo Maldonado, in a house fire in Alton.
Although things have calmed down since the blaze, family members are now trying to help those that survived, with what’s to come.
They’ve began a chicken plate sale and started a go fund me page to raise money for Maldonado’s husband who is in critical condition in a San Antonio hospital, and for the family of 15 year old, Jonathan Palomares, who was the friend of the Maldonado’s who died in the fire.
“Half of the monetary donations are going towards the hospital expenses for my brother in law because he doesn’t have medical insurance. The other half is going towards the Palomares family.” Says Arriaga.
Meanwhile, the condition for the 11 year old son of Maldonado who was severely burned, has improved a bit since the fire.
“Nester Maldonado Jr., my nephew, he is in Galveston, Texas. He is calm and in stable condition. He isn’t talking right now, but he is able to hear. They did inform us yesterday, that he is having trouble with his kidneys.” Says Arriaga.
The family was able to pay some of the funeral expenses for the mother and one of the twins who died in the fire. The fifteen year old daughter, and the other twin are with one of the aunts, but continue to receive lots of support from the community.
Family members of the victims will also be hosting another fund raiser event next Friday, at Quinta Las Cuatro Lunas in Mission.