Fire­fighter’s post helps fam­ily who lost ev­ery­thing in blaze

Grand­mother rais­ing 4 kids over­whelmed by com­mu­nity’s sup­port.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Mark Wil­son md­wil­son@states­man.com ALSO IN­SIDE Fire

Norma Guardado was at work Fri­day when she heard that the house in South­east Austin she’d lived in for roughly 15 years was on fire.

She rushed over to her home in the 4900 block of Sa­vorey Lane and found heavy smoke pour­ing from the sin­gle-story struc­ture. The fire was al­ready un­der con­trol, but it had com­pletely gut­ted the prop­erty, caus­ing an es­ti­mated $150,000 in dam­age, ac­cord­ing to the Austin Fire Depart­ment.

For Guardado and her four grand­chil­dren, rang­ing from 7 months to 9 years old, it was a tragedy. She and the kids lost » most of their pos­ses­sions and their cat.

“We re­al­ized that the grand­mother was rais­ing four grand­kids and had pretty much lost ev­ery­thing,” said Isaac Sal­divar, one of

PHO­TOS BY RI­CARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Norma Guardado, ac­com­pa­nied by her four grand­chil­dren, speaks with Isaac Sal­divar, one of the fire­fight­ers who helped tackle the blaze at her home, at Sal­divar’s fire sta­tion in South Austin on Mon­day. Sal­divar used Face­book to so­licit do­na­tions for the fam­ily, the needs of which in­cluded a high chair, a playpen, di­a­pers and clothes.

Sal­divar helps Max, one of the grand­chil­dren, try on a fire­fighter hel­met. By Mon­day af­ter­noon, Sal­divar had amassed a heap of gifts for the fam­ily, in­clud­ing gift cards, toys and other ne­ces­si­ties.

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