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Mother and 5 Children Rescued from their Burning Home by a Neighbor

Adrianna Weingold

Mother and 5 Children Rescued from their Burning Home by a Neighbor

CREATED Mar. 21, 2012

PALM SPRINGS--A single mother and her 5 children barely escaped a fire that engulfed their home over the weekend. They were rescued by a brave neighbor who risked his own life to get the family out alive.

Piles of debris burnt to a crisp at the Santiago Sun Canyon Estates in Palm Springs.

"I'm still in shock, I, I don't know," said fire victim Faith Breeze.

Breeze and her children were asleep on Saturday night when a fire erupted in their home, they narrowly escaped.

"It's just terrible," Breeze said. "My kids have got no place to go other than my family's house right now."

Faith's neighbor Daniel Gonzalez is now her hero. The two had never met before Daniel ran from his own home, broke in through a window and saved the mother and her children.

"When I looked out the window I could see the flames so I threw some shoes on and I ran around the block," neighbor turned hero Daniel Gonzalez said. "I came up and it was on-fire pretty good and i didn't see anyone trying to help so I broke the window and opened the door and got them all out."

Faith and her children escaped unharmed, the house on the other hand is a total loss.

As fire investigators sift through the ashes looking for a cause Faith is now staying with family just down the street, 11 people in one small mobile home. Shantelle ford is one them.

"My mom woke me up at like 11:45p.m. telling me that the house was on fire and I was so scared I didn't know what to do," 15 year-old neighbor Shantelle Ford said. "They just moved in and I was just like wow.  I saw it with her oldest son we just sat on the street and started crying, we didn't know what to do."

More neighbors also stepping up to help, organizing a donation drive to rebuild the home.

"I'm amazed, i'm amazed, i didn't know people were like this," breeze said.

The fire victims are asking for your help. They need food, clothing, building supplies and anything else you can give.

Please send donations to:
Santiago Sun Canyon Estates
C/O Tami Wildrich
22840 Sterling Avenue
Palm Springs, CA 92262

The community is also hosting a potluck and donation drive this Friday at 6pm at the Santiago Sun Canyon Estates clubhouse in Palm Springs. You can also drop off your donations during the potluck.