MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Just days before Thanksgiving, Zoila Monzon and her children lost everything when a fire destroyed their Miami home. Monzon is at Walmart, shopping with her grandson, when she gets a call from her sons that will change her life.
“The house is on fire, we are on fire. I just left everything at Walmart, but I didn’t expect it to be as big as they said it was. When I got here, the whole house was engulfed in flames and nothing could be saved,” Monzon said.
Monzon’s sons woke up to the smell of smoke. Acting on instinct, the boys tried to put out the fire on their own. Eventually the fire became too strong.
Her son, Steven Martinez, said: “Our bodies rushed out before we were injured.
The house they had lived in for many years was a total loss. All Monzon, her two teenage children, a 25-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old grandson are left with are the clothes they’re wearing.
“We started to feel things as soon as we got out, that’s when we really were like damn, we’ve lost everything,” Martinez said.
The reason of the fire case is still undefined. Monzon told CBS4 that her family is going through a very difficult time.
“I just have to move forward. To fight and praise God. Everything will be okay. We may never have what we had but at least I wanted a roof over our heads, especially with my daughter and grandson. We will continue to fight and be together as a family,” she said.
Initially, the Red Cross intervened and provided her with money for a hotel, but that money ran out on Wednesday. Now, 4 hamlets have stepped in to help. They will pay her to stay at the hotel through Monday. Neighborhood 4 Neighborhood is also donating to help Monzon.
Monzon, who lives on the meager income she earns from cleaning the house, said she has no one to help her and her family. She said she was looking for a place to live but couldn’t find anything that could be bought and had nowhere else to go.
“We really need our community to come together for this family and help provide all that they have lost. Carolina Sanchez, community development coordinator for Neighbors 4 Neighbors, says clothes, food, toys for their grandchildren and supplies to help them move forward because it’s Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming up. near the.
Currently, Monzon and her family are trying to say goodbye to their home and hope they will soon have another life.
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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/11/24/neighbors-4-neighbors-assisting-woman-family-burned-out-miami-apartment/ ‘Need our community to come together’ – CBS Miami