Rebuilding a Life

By Camaron Abundes  
NewsWest 9

GREENWOOD- A loud bulldozer cut through a trailer burned by a fire May 2nd, a day after the Sotelo family found out they lost everything. Three months later, a new home, unfurnished and unfinished sits where they're old home once stood. The family and their large extended family started moving what was left after a 2400 acre grass fire ripped through an area off I-20, the day after the fire but now picking up the pieces doesn't seem so easy.

"It just seemed like we would pick up the pieces and keep going but it has been a long three months," Adela Sotelo, who lost her home on May 1st, said, "I can't look back, because if I do it will bring me down."

Bricks littered around her lot are a reminder of what still needs work. The family has spent thousands and took out a loan.

"If you look around you'll notice there are just little things that still need to be done," Sotelo said, "We're on a tight budget just to get this house finished."

Sotelo says it's only been through the help of friends, family, and perfect strangers that they've even gotten this far.

"Really honestly I don't know where I would be," she said.

A 2400 acre fire off 1-20 in Midland later blamed on arson hasn't stopped the Sotelo family from laughing, but Mrs. Sotelo says it's the struggle is harder now than it was three months ago.

"When I have to go and purchase something that I have to get that I already had and I can't wait, it makes me angry because I think I already had it and everything I had was taken away from me," she said.

If you would like to help you can donate through the American State Bank, they've got an account setup under the names of Oscar and Adela Sotelo or through the Midland Christian Church.