Dozens help Pueblo family displaced by fire

Strangers donate clothes, toys, food

Dozens help Pueblo family displaced by fire

PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo family moved into its house last week but lost it to a fire two days later.

Since Thursday's fire, the family has received more than 50 calls from people wanting to help. After losing practically everything they own, generous donations from strangers in Pueblo and Denver, even as far as Las Vegas, have gone a long way to help them.

"She said well you don't know me, but I heard about your son and his situation," said Rosie Romero, grandmother of the five children, recalling the 50-plus calls she's received.

"I'm just kind of surprised how people from out of town could actually know about this," said Brandon Romero, who lost his home to the fire.

"I got three pairs of pants and one shirt," said Brandon's son, Elijah.

In all, the family has received seven garbage bags, full of shoes, clothes and toys for the Romero children.

Brandon said, "My mom's been calling me saying people have been coming to the doors and leaving her donations, clothes, you know, bringing pillows."

The Romero children moved to Pueblo four months ago, from Denver. Their father, Brandon, says he'd even had someone offer to buy him furniture when he finds a home.

Thursday's fire left him and his children without a home. The Red Cross has been providing the family with a place to stay, but Brandon says that's only until Monday. He's been working on figuring out where to go next.

"I pretty much lost everything," Brandon said.

If people would like to donate to the Romero family, they have an account set up at Wells Fargo. It's the Brandon Romero donation fund.

Firefighters have not yet determined what caused the fire.


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