Community rallies together to help family of 6 displaced by fire

Family of six lose home in Mother's Day wildfire

LAKESIDE, Calif. - A community is rallying together to help a family of six who lost all of their belongings in a wildfire on Mother's Day.

The fire, which started in a bamboo field, destroyed the trailer home of Jesus Bernal while he was at work. His wife, young daughter and three sons ran from the home with only the clothes on their backs.

On Wednesday, Bernal told 10News that he had words of thanks and praise for neighbors and strangers who have pitched in to help with clothing and food. It nearly brought him to tears.

"I thank them so much. I don't know how to pay them back but, it's inside here," said Bernal as he choked back tears and pointed to his heart.

The Abundant Life East County Church across the street from his mobile home park is also spearheading efforts to get the children clothes and shelter.

Temporarily, the family of six is sleeping in the office of the mobile home park.

"As soon as we found out how they were living right now, I got on the phone and started making some phone calls," said pastor Mark Hagan.  "We're trying to get them a place where it's going to be a little bit more comfortable with them."

Although to Bernal, where they are now is just fine.

If you'd like more information on how to help the family, visit for clothing and shoe sizes for the family, or an account has been set up for the family at the Wells Fargo Bank at 13439 Camino Canada in El Cajon. Reference account #5473465218 under the name Jesus Bernal.

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