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fire[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita Valley family whose home was destroyed in a fire Friday afternoon in Canyon Country is thanking the firefighters and community for their support, but are still in need of a helping hand.

“On my behalf, I just want to show so much appreciation for my neighbors and I am so gracious for the fireman to call Red Cross who gave us temporary housing,” said Tim Latham, who lived in the home on Ranier Street with his wife, two children and dogs. “We lost almost everything because of the fire, water, foam and the toxic smoke.”

The fire, which the family thinks was caused by a light and faulty electrical wiring, began in the garage and continued through much of the home, said Kimberly Kite Gamboa, Latham’s stepdaughter.

“Everything, the framework, the drywall has to come down,” she said. “The bulk of our memories and irreplaceable stuff would have been in the garage.”

Gamboa, whose family totals 11 and lives around the Santa Clarita Valley, has two siblings who lived in the home — one who is finishing up his college degree and the other who attends Canyon High School.

“My parents, Tim and Geri, were home with the dogs. The kids were all at a Dodger’s game with my nephew,” Gamboa said. “We’re really fortunate that my parents were safe. They’re staying between a family friend’s house in Palmdale and a hotel. They lost everything. We lost all of our family heirlooms.”

Gamboa has created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for her family. The goal is to raise $15,000 and more than $2,000 has already been raised as of Thursday.

“As much as we would like to take clothing donations, we don’t have anywhere for them right now,” Gamboa said. “We’re asking for financial donations and anyone who knows of services that cleanup after fires.”

The Latham family was renting the home and do not have renter’s insurance, Latham said, which left them stranded.

In the mean time, Latham and his family have been aided by the officials with the American Red Cross and neighbors. Latham hopes to receive some aid from CalWorks as well.

“All of my neighbors were so supportive,” Latham said. “Everybody on my block is so incredibly cool. I love everybody over there and I want to show appreciation for them, rather than ask for anything.”

While fire inspectors are still surveying the home, the homeowner’s insurance company has given the OK to begin cleaning the home.

“When a family that doesn’t have much gets everything taken away,” Gamboa said, “it’s really devastating.”

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12 Comments

  1. My parents used to live in that house

  2. That’s not your old house we used to hang out in is it?

  3. no, that was the house they moved into AFTER that house

  4. Ohhhhh ok still sucks though

  5. I feel for this family. I am hopeful that this is a wake up call for renters to get renters insurance. A few times at Starbucks per month would pay for a halfway decent policy. When you call around ask for an h04 policy. I would stick with mutual companies like nationwide or aaa.

  6. Dave Lee says:

    Renters insurance is super cheap too.

  7. Yes it is Dave Lee. Most people don’t know that. Like i said a few Starbucks a month.

  8. CBC cleaning and restoration. 661-294-2221 they do awesome work. I am very sorry your lose I lived that same nightmare almost 4 years ago. Worse day of my life. But it will get better and you will get through it. And yes I did not have insurance but now always and forever will I have it. Thoughts and prayers for all of you

  9. Can a link be posted to the gofundme page? Or did I miss it somewhere? Thank you

  10. jesika says:

    here’s the link for the go fund me page http://www.gofundme.com/vk3yvw

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