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Lancaster fire leaves family of 12 homeless

January 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A family of 12 was left homeless after a fire ripped through their house in Lancaster.

The blaze broke out in the family's garage about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The flames quickly spread to the house.

Everything inside the home Richa Callaway shared with her seven children and four grandchildren was destroyed. Callaway says the family also lost all of the money they had in the house.

"We didn't have time to get nothing out," Callaway said. "It just happened so fast."

The family is staying at a motel in the meanwhile.

"It's really hard because we tried our best to get everything that we had in the house and now it's all gone," said Clarricha Hayes, who lived at the house. "I'm just glad all my family is alive."

The fire captain who fought to save Callaway's house is helping the family rebuild.

"When you're a victim, you don't know where to begin again and you kind of maintain this victim attitude simply because the trauma is so severe," said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Lester Fuzell.

Fuzell's family, along with their church, started collecting clothes for the family. The Red Cross and local businesses are helping as well.

A fund was set up to help the family. For more information on the Callaway Help Fund, call (661) 860-6854.


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