LORAIN - Fire may have destroyed the Talbot Lane home of Daniel Caraballo and four of his children, but it hasn`t taken away their hope.
They began searching for a new house on Tuesday and they will spend Thanksgiving with friends, said Caraballo, the father of Nita, 15, Eric, 14, Angie, 11, and Maya, 7.
Caraballo quit his job at Auto Zone so he could deal with finding a new rental home this week.
Fortunately, the family had rental insurance, according to Art Mead, volunteer disaster chairman for the Red Cross.
The fire at 4120 Talbot Lane caused $30,000 to the contents and $70,000 to the ranch-style structure, Assistant Lorain Fire Chief Roy Cochran said.
It was an accidental fire with electrical factors involved, according to a fire report.
Caraballo said it`s possible that someone left an iron on before leaving the house on Monday.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
Caraballo said he had accompanied his daughter, Maria Santiago, to a doctor`s appointment for his 2-month-old grandson.
Someone called 911 to report the fire shortly before 2 p.m., and 18 firefighters in eight trucks had it under control by 2:06 p.m., Cochran said.
Caraballo said it has been a difficult week for the family.
Last Wednesday, Caraballo`s 16-year-old nephew, Christian Nieves, was struck by a minivan while crossing state Route 57. He has been at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland ever since the accident with injuries to his hip, knee and head.
A nursing supervisor said Tuesday that Christian was listed in good condition.
Once the family finds a new home, Caraballo said he`ll be looking for a new job. Two of his daughters have birthdays coming up; Angie turns 12 on Dec. 7 and Maya turns 8 on Dec. 3.
"Everyone`s been pulling together," Caraballo said.
Thanks to the American Red Cross, the family stayed two nights at a motel in Elyria and the kids got some new clothes for school.
People have called with offers of clothing and other necessities, which the Red Cross is communicating to the family, said Mary Moran, community relations coordinator. Monetary donations for the family and others like them can be made to the disaster relief fund at the Red Cross, 2929 West River Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
"Everyone`s stepping up to help," Moran said.
Anyone who wants to donate can call the Red Cross at (440) 324-2929. Moran said the family may get furniture from the Lorain County Furniture Bank and some additional clothing from resale shops.
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