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Family living in tent, sleeping in cars, after arsonist destroys home

Family Living in a Tent after...

EL PASO, Texas - A family's life is in ruins and two siblings are working to rebuild in the wake of a devastating fire.

The Lucero Family in Far East El Paso is sleeping in tents and cars after a fire destroyed everything inside their house on the 8100 block of Starr Avenue in August.

"We lost everything, pictures, my parent's pictures and stuff we had. We had memories in there," said Peter Lucero. 

"I am very thankful we are alive. Thank you Jesus," said Mary Lucero.

Investigators said arson is to blame. "They threw something through there and it caught fire in the bed and that's where it started," said Peter Lucero.

Sleeping in cars and tents is now a way of life for the family of three.  "It's hard. It's not comfortable sleeping in our vehicles," said Peter Lucero, "Since we still have running water, we repaired it to where we can use the restroom and shower."

With precious memories and property destroyed, and no insurance to help rebuild, the Lucero's home is shattered. Still, they are not hopeless. 

"We work hard. We have part time jobs and I am saving to rebuild," Peter Lucero said, "I hope one day we will eventually have something."

The Lucero Family has set up a Go Fund ME account. If you would like to donate, click here.


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