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Yorktown family continues to struggle

By Gheni_Platenburg
April 15, 2010 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.

YORKTOWN - A Yorktown family is struggling to get back on its feet after a fire destroyed the family home last week.

About 1:45 p.m. on April 8, fire crews were called to put out a fire that had engulfed a home in the 330 block of West Eighth Street.

The single-room home belonged to the Lupe Rios family.

For the past three years, Lupe Rios, 63, shared the house with his daughter, who is nine months pregnant, and her three children.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, Yorktown fire chief Darryl Borth said.

A week after the disaster, Rios family members continued to try to pull their lives back together.

"If we had a place to stay, we could do better," Lupe said.

Lupe's 32-year-old daughter, Adela Rios, shared how her children have been coping with the loss of their home and belongings.

"They are at that point where they're trying to deal with it even though they are kind of frustrated," said Adela, about her children, aged 5, 8, and 11.

The family moved out of a Cuero motel, and are staying at various places, including her father's old travel trailer.

"It's not the best place to live, but it's something we won't get wet in," Adela said.

Although the trailer has holes in the floor and no running water, Adela remained optimistic about her temporary new home.

"We're doing the best we can right now, but it's hard."

As far as clothes are concerned, Adela said the family has received some items already.

"So far everything is going OK. We're getting the clothes we need," Adela said. "(The children) are kind of excited since clothes are coming in."

Although a lack of money prohibits them from moving on with their lives at a quicker pace, Lupe remained optimistic about how things are going thus far.

"We've been getting what we need little by little," he said.

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