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Neighbors collect donations for victims of house fire

A family of five lost nearly everything in the 91 acre wildfire in Yosemite Lakes Park.
 

Fire crews are still mopping up after a wildfire burns 91 acres.  Monday afternoon the containment remained at 80 percent with expectations for full containment by 8pm.  The fire started around 3pm on Sunday in Yosemite Lakes Park.

 

One home burned down and about ten outbuildings were destroyed.  On Monday the family renting that home salvaged the few items that were spared including elk horns and hunting gear.  The damage is so bad that you can see entire walls have collapsed. 

 

“My backyard backs up to Lilley Mountain so we watched the whole thing go down,” said Kris Roubique, who’s collecting donations for the family.

 

Roubique doesn't know the family that lost nearly everything but she was moved the help anyway.

 

“When I found out [it was] a family of five, cause I'm a family of five too, it just hit home,” said Roubique.

 

In less than 24 hours, donations piled up for the family's three children.  They have two and four-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy.  Residents say this is a place where neighbors look out for neighbors, especially emergencies.

 

When Sherry Alquist saw the fast moving fire she thought to check on her neighbor's horse.  It was in immediate danger so her husband sprang into action.

 

“My husband's the kind of person that would probably die trying to save an animal or somebody's kid or something,” said Alquist.

 

She credits Cal Fire for saving her own home for the second time in several years.  200 firefighters fought the blaze at its peak.  On Monday crews monitored the burned areas from the air and land.  The cause is still under investigation.

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