After destructive fire, community rallies support for family who lost home

POSTED: 5:41 PM Jul 28 2013   UPDATED: 9:45 PM Jul 28 2013
(img1)Cottonwood Fire
ANDERSON, Calif. -

A Cottonwood family is starting over after losing their belongings in a fire.

On Sunday, they got some help from friends, thanks to a fundraising event at the Anderson River Park in Anderson.

With a live band, barbecue, vendors, clowns, and a cotton candy machine, there were plenty of things to do.

All of it benefitted the family who lost their home.

“A lot of people have come together in the community and helped us with everything,” said fire victim Albert Nelson. “I mean, I've been offered a place to stay, and mobile homes to live in. It's just really cool to see everyone come together and help somebody."

Nelson’s two mobile homes were badly damaged on July 22 at the Frontier Mobile Home Park, including one that was burned to the ground. The frame of the home is still standing, but everything inside is charred and a complete loss.

No people were hurt, but a dog and cat are missing and presumed dead and the fire caused about $80,000 in damage.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation, but neighbors reported seeing juveniles playing with lighters and small explosions as the fire started.

For those involved with Sunday’s event, it was all about community generosity.

“Most of it was all on Facebook. I kind of just put on there if anyone has clothes or something, and people just started saying we should get something together,” said fundraiser organizer Ashley Boyd. “I just started reaching out.”