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A local veteran's center helped a family displaced by the Bluecut fire

Posted at 6:27 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 21:27:46-04

A displaced family from the Bluecut fire in San Bernardino County ended up in Kern County on Thursday morning in need of help.

James Smith and his family had 20 minutes to evacuate their home in Lytle Creek leaving with only the clothes on their back.

The family had nowhere to go so they were bused to Bakersfield, where his wife has a distant relative in hospice care. Smith, a Marine Corps veteran, didn't know what to do so he googled a place to get help for veterans and the first place to pop up was the Bakersfield Veteran’s Center.

He called and Joe Acosta answered the phone. Acosta told Smith that he would be right there to help him.

The veteran's center gave the family new clothes and shoes and a backpack full of hygiene products and snacks.

Acosta says offering the help was second nature, just looking out for a veteran in need.

The veteran’s center is working with the Red Cross to give the family a place to stay. The family hasn't yet decided where they will rebuild.