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Photo: Courtesy of GoFundMe
Photo: Courtesy of GoFundMe

By Allison Jarrell

On Nov. 5, a fire erupted in a multi-family residence on the 32200 block of Paseo Carolina in San Juan Capistrano. The Orange County Fire Authority was called to the scene at 1:47 p.m. OCFA Capt. Daryll Milliot said that all residents had escaped the fourplex unharmed by the time firefighters arrived.

About a half an hour later, the bulk of the fire in the two-story residence had been extinguished. Milliot said the fire began in one of the downstairs units, and spread upward. Two fire engines, two trucks and two battalion chiefs responded to the fire. No injuries occurred.

Milliot said 17 adults and one child were displaced by the fire. OCFA is still investigating the cause of the fire.

On Nov. 6, a GoFundMe page was created by Juana Janeth Villa, a member of the Nava family, who were victims of the fire. Villa wrote that her parents lost their home and were left with nothing.

“Just asking for donations. Every cent helps,” Villa wrote. “All their hard work is gone. Thank you in advance and bless you all.”

As of Thursday, $1,000 had been raised on the GoFundMe page. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/fired-tragedy.

A fundraiser has been organized for the Nava family and is set for Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 23386 Paseo Carolina in San Juan.

Event organizers said there will be food, drinks and a raffle to raise funds for the family. All donations are welcome.

For more information, search for the “Apoyando A La Familia Nava” event on Facebook, or click here.

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