With cop's help, family tries to rebuild after Montclair fire

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A Montclair officer is trying to help a family that lost everything in an intense fire that started in a nearby recycling yard. (KABC)

It's been three weeks since a recycling yard in Montclair went up in an intense blaze that destroyed several nearby homes and businesses.

The Rodriguez family lost everything in the fire: their home, their car, their possessions.

Now they're struggling to rebuild their lives and raise money to find a new home.

They're getting some help in that task from Montclair police Officer Eric Rivera.

During the fire, Rivera went house-to-house in the neighborhood, warning people to evacuate. Teresa's son, Armando Aranda, was home asleep at the time.

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"I just remember a cop knocking on the door, opening it up and telling me to get my shoes on," he recalled.

But Rivera didn't stop at making sure everyone was out safely.

With the Rodriguez family now homeless, Rivera took $400 out of his own pocket to help them get a place to stay at the Welcome Inn Motel - and the motel owner came up with the rest.

And now Rivera has started a GoFundMe page for the Rodriguez family.

"We have it set at $30,000, but even if we could get half that she would be immensely happy," Rivera said.

Rodriguez says she just wants to feel at home somewhere again.

"To be able to call someplace home, that's right now my dream for my boys," she said.
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