Fire displaces Peñitas family of six who seek public’s help

No one was injured last week when a fired destroyed a Peñitas area home of six. But the fire destroyed nearly everything belonging to the displaced family who are seeking donations from the public to replace their lost property.

Members of the Palmview Fire Department responded to the home in the 100 block of south Longoria Street about 9:24 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Armando O’caña, director of public safety for Peñitas, said the four-bedroom home was a total loss. He said it may never be known what caused the blaze but that arson has been ruled out.

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Daisy L. Lopez, 28, said she and her mother, Veronica Caballero, 50, and her three children had left the home to run errands and have breakfast when they received calls from neighbors and police alerting them the house was on fire. Lopez said she also lived in the home with her husband, Jesse Lopez, 27, who was at work at the time.  Lopez said the city is paying for the family to stay in a Peñitas motel until Nov. 13th when they will have to find someplace else to live.

Lopez said she and her mother are unemployed surviving on the Social Security benefits of her three-year-old twin boys, both of whom are severely autistic. She said the family’s clothes and furniture were all lost in the fire.

The City of Peñitas is accepting donations of items such as clothing, personal hygiene and household items at the Peñitas City Hall located at 1111 Main Street. The clothing needed are women’s sizes small and medium, men’s size extra large, toddler boys sized 3T and girl’s size 10.

According to the Hidalgo County Tax Assessor’s Office the home is owned by Caballero and in 2016 had an appraised value of $82,435.00. Lopez said her mother’s home was not insured and that the family is seeking volunteers to help clear the property of the debris and to pay the current $1,700 tax bill on the property. Persons interested in assisting the family should contact the City of Peñitas.

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