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Three families affected by Lost Hills fire, community stepping up to collect donations

Three families affected by Lost Hills fire, community stepping up to collect donations
Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 05, 2024

LOST HILLS, Calif. (KERO) — On Friday, members of the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board set up shop in a Wonderful Company building to accept donations for three families affected by a fire that happened on July 3.

  • The donation drive ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday as CAB members food, toiletry, and monetary donations for the families.
  • Kern County Fire says the fire started at a house on Inyo Street at around 5 p.m. and destroyed three homes on Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was injured by the fire.
  • Rosario Velasquez, president of the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board, said immediately after she heard the news, her mind was on helping the families affected and began searching for ideas to help them start the healing process.
  • To learn how to help the families affected, you can contact the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board at 661-301-4344.

BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT:

If you live in Lost Hills, you've likely heard or seen video of the fire that ripped through three homes in town. I'm Sam Hoyle, your Lost Hills neighborhood reporter on Friday morning and afternoon members of the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board, we're here at the community center taking donations for the families affected.

“When did you first learn about the fire and the families affected by it?” asked 23ABC.

“On the third. The day that it happened, a couple hours after,” said Rosario Velasquez, President of the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board.

“What was your immediate thought?” asked 23ABC.

“How can we help? How can we help these families?” said Velasquez.

According to Kern County Fire, the fire started in a home on Inyo Street in Lost Hills just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Kern County Fire says three homes were either completely or nearly completely damaged by the fires. Thankfully, nobody was injured during the incident, but the fire left the three families without a place to call their own.

On Friday, members of the Lost Hills Community Advisory Board set up a donation booth in a Wonderful Company building at Lost Hills Park to take donations for the families affected by the fire. Rosario Velasquez, the President of the Community Advisory Board said her hope was that members of Lost Hills and surrounding communities would step up to help the families in need.

“We hope that that community comes together and donates to be able to assist with any, obviously, costs that there's going to happen, and just be able to provide the basic needs for those families.”

If you'd like to learn how you can help these families, you can find the contact information for the Community Advisory Board here in Lost Hills, in the story on our website. In Lost Hills, I'm Samuel Hoyle, your neighborhood reporter.


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