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Big Spring Community Helps Family Who Lost Everything in Devastating Fire

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Ray and April Martinez lost everything when their trailer burned down in early April.

"One minute, we had our house and minutes later, it was gone," April said. "Nothing was salvageable. I lost the last picture I had of my mom, I'll never be able to get another one."

For the time being, the family of six is staying at the Plaza Hotel, but because hotel living is expensive, they have had to ask for help to pay the bill.

"Churches and people that have just come to help," Ray said.

The Martinez's told NewsWest 9, this is difficult because they weren't prepared to deal with losing everything and being displaced.

"Everything hit us at one time. We're doing things, day by day," Ray said.

Jay Flores lives down the street and has organized ways to help the family.

"Seeing the faces and the turmoil that was on one their faces, it was devastating," Flores said.

Flores told NewsWest 9, several churches and businesses in Big Spring have donated clothes, furniture, food and money. All the family needs now is a home.

"Maybe we could build them a house. If we all come together, we could buy them a trailer. Everyone needs to help one another, especially in times like these," Flores said.

Flores set up an account for the family. To donate, just go to any Prosperity Bank location and ask for the "Martinez Family Fund."
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