Large Warehouse Fire Destroys Stockton Family’s Home

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STOCKTON -- A Stockton family is now searching for a new home after a five-alarm fire from Thursday night destroyed their house.

The shock has not worn off for Samantha Guardiola.

“I just remember hearing my brother scream, 'Get out of the house, everyone get out,'” Guardiola said.

Thursday around 9 p.m., as a large fire swept through the mattress warehouse that shares a fence with Guardiola’s home for the past 11 years, she grabbed her son and daughter, whom she had just put to bed.

“By the time I reached this sidewalk my house was burning,” Guardiola said.

Six people in all lived in the home and they all escaped without injuries.

However, everything they owned, including Guardiola’s brother’s car, was destroyed. Because of the speed of the fire, which was fueled by high winds, they were unable to grab any possessions.

“The fact that all of us made it out and we made it out without a scratch means the world to me," Guardiola said. "My family is everything. My children are my entire life."

The only thing left unaccounted for is the family dog, a husky by the name of Meera.

“If anyone has any information, or if they have her, there is a little boy and a little girl who every day ask about their dog,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola is currently staying with her mother and credits family and the donations from the community for helping her push through.

“I don’t think anyone knows how much everything they are doing means to us,” Guardiola said.

As the cause of the fire that took her home and damaged several others is still under investigation, Guardiola is hopeful for a new beginning.

“My entire family has at one point lived in this home, so the memories that we had we won’t be able to get back. But we can make them... make newer memories in another home. Home is where the heart is and your heart is with your family,” Guardiola said.

The family says they are hopeful they can figure out a temporary housing situation over the next week but if you would like to help please visit their GoFundMe page.

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