NAPLES, Fla.- The Salvation Army is trying to help a family displaced in a fire on the 3300 block of Poinsettia Avenue, off Airport Pulling Road, last Friday.
A faulty electrical wire caused the fire that destroyed the entire house and two vehicles.
No one was injured.
Maria Resendiz and her husband Pablo Colocho resided in the rented home, along with their 10-year-old daughter, Margarita, and two brothers, Angel and Moises Galicia.
Margarita, a student who attends The Salvation Army’s After School Program, was on their home computer, with her headphones on, when the fire broke out in the living room. She initially smelled the smoke and alerted her mother with just enough time to safely escape the flames as they quickly engulfed the house. The fire was so violent, that the Naples fire crews had to spray the home next door and a nearby Circle-K off Airport Pulling Road South.
The home, which was owned by Martha Turner of Marco Island and rented by the Resendiz family, completely burned to the ground along with the family’s furniture, clothing and personal belongings. The home did not have any insurance, as the roof was in repair to obtain insurance on this recent property sale.
The Salvation Army of Collier is actively assisting the Resendiz family as they transition into temporary housing. They are currently residing with family members; however, they are in desperate need of a three-bedroom home or apartment rental opportunity. In addition to housing assistance, The Salvation Army is seeking the following donations for the family:
Clothing in the following sizes: Women’s tops and pants in size 12, women’s shoes in size 9; Men’s medium and large size shirts, men’s pants in sizes 34/30, 34/34 and 32/30, and men’s shoes in size 7, 12 and 13; and little girl’s shirts and pants in size 14 and girl’s shoes in size 4.
Bedding, towels, and linens
A desktop or laptop computer
For information on donating goods to this family or offering a housing opportunity, please contact Karole Davis at The Salvation Army at (239) 210-4006 to make donation arrangements.
If you would like to financially help the Resendiz family, monetary donations can be made to The Maria Resendiz Family Fund at any SunTrust Bank to assist this family rebuild their lives.
The homeowner who lost her property, Martha Turner, is also setting up a fund and more details will soon be available.