The Pueblo West community is rallying to help a family after their home was destroyed in a fire on the east side of Pueblo West on Monday night.
The Pueblo West Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Meriweather Drive at 4:37 p.m. Monday, according to Anthony Sandstrom, a spokesperson for the fire department.
Firefighters were on scene within five minutes and fully extinguished the fire Monday night. However, the blaze — the cause of which is still under investigation — resulted in a total loss of the residence, leaving a mother and son without a home.
Two cats were lost in the fire, but three dogs were recovered safely and are in the process of being reunited with the family.
To help the displaced family replace some of what they've lost, Pueblo West residents have organized a donation drive.
Over 300 people so far have given money, items or pledges to help when the family has a home in which to put things, said Rhonda Sposato, an organizer of the drive.
"We're just getting commitments right now because they don't have a home to put their stuff in. We've had some people donate money for immediate needs — about $250 for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and deodorant," Sposato said.
The family has also received pledges from community members for clothing, furniture and other household items.
"It's just been a community of amazing people," Sposato said of the outpouring of support.
The donation drive is seeking additional donations of day-to-day essentials until the family has somewhere to stay, Sposato said.
Anyone interested in donating can call Sposato at 719-543-7455.
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