Fire Leaves Lubbock Family Homeless - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/08

Fire Leaves Lubbock Family Homeless

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Fire left a Lubbock family homeless over the weekend. Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.  Now, the family needs your help to put their lives back together.

Rita Chasco tells NewsChannel 11 she and her seven children lived in their home at 8205 Lynnhaven Avenue for the past three years. She called it her dream home. Now, the dream is destroyed along with all of the Chasco's belongings.

"We're just going to have to take it day by day and start from the bottom up," Chasco said. 

She did not know it at the time, but Rita Chasco saw her home intact for the last time Friday evening. "Everything seemed alright," Chasco said. 

She stopped by after work to get some clothes before she and her seven children went to celebrate Independence Day. "I was like what, my house is on fire," Chasco said. 

A call from Chasco's brother alerted the family that their home was on fire. "I just didn't know what to do; everything that I had and tried to have for my kids just went down," Chasco said. 

Besides all of their clothes and furniture, Chasco lost all of her family pictures, including those of family who have passed away. Her children lost school trophies and cherished toys. "Everything," Chasco said. 

Looking at her hollowed out home brought Chasco to tears Monday evening. She tells us she didn't have insurance and works two jobs to take care of her family. But even with all she's lost, Chasco finds a silver lining. "I know it's a big loss for my kids and me, because I did work hard to try to have what I can for my kids, but I thank God for us being safe," Chasco said. 

Chasco and her children are staying with friends.  They have set up a fund to help get them back on their feet. You may donate at the First Bank of Lubbock. Just ask for the Chasco House Fire account.

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