On Sunday afternoon, two houses were destroyed by a fire leaving thirteen people homeless. Both families have been displaced and are in need of donations.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, only the Fabens Fire Department fire chief was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The fire started around 4 p.m. in the back of the home on 100 block of First Street, which then spread to the mobile home next door.

KFOX reported four adults were living in the home that caught fire, while five children and four adults were living in the mobile home the fire spread to. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The American Red Cross will be assisting the families but the Fabens community is already coming together to help and asking all of El Paso for assistance.

You can also check out a Facebook page where Fabens residents discuss community issues, to see what these families need. So far they have posted about the family of nine in need of these items:

  • Clothing/shoes, food (nonperishable cereal, h20 bottles, juice, canned soup, etc)
  • Diapers
  • Hygiene products
  • School supplies for older kids
Anyone who has any of these items can drop them off with David Salazar at Armandos Tire Shop & Car Wash next to Rodartes Restaurant, in front of Subway, or with Brenda Lira or Karina Salvio-Ortiz.
I personally know one of the adults that lived in the home that caught fire. He is in the military and is one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. Anything you can give to these two families would be greatly appreciated.