‘We did lose everything’: Family displaced after losing everything in fire in Oildale

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Three families were displaced after faulty electrical wiring sparked a fire that engulfed an apartment building early Tuesday morning on Washington Ave near Roberts Lane. By Tuesday afternoon they are left to pick up what remains of their home and start anew.

One home was burned completely by the flames. Tania Gonzalez, who lived in the home was there with her son at the time of the fire.

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“I just happened to wake up, I don’t know if it was the smoke detector that woke me up and I [saw] just flames at the bottom of my bed,” Gonzalez said. “I got up, I tried to put the fire out, didn’t work. I ran out, got my son out, tried to get a fire hose, put the fire out but it was already engulfed in flames.”

Gonzalez says the fire took everything, except her son.

“We got out of there pretty fast. … I was just worrying about losing everything, which we did lose everything, but we got out safe,” Gonzalez said.

The Red Cross arrived hours later to help Gonzalez and the other families find somewhere to stay, as well as food, blankets, and more.

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“The people who live here cannot stay here they have to go elsewhere and that’s why we’re here.,” American Red Cross Disaster Action Team member Terry Meier said. “They’re grateful for the help because the people we come to help people who often have no other resources.”

Gonzalez has no other resources, and now has no home. As she notices traces of the fire on her and her son, she remains grateful they are both still alive.

“I thought I could get it out and I couldn’t so if you’re ever in a fire just get out of the house,” Gonzalez said. “There’s no need to just save anything, just get out.”

With the Gonzalez family left with nothing, they are seeking help to start over. You can donate to the family’s GoFundMe at this link.

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