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Community parade to celebrate the birthday of a 96-year-old woman who lost her house in a fire

Celia Fernandez Ochoa yearns for the day when she can finally go back to her home where she has spent more than 60 years making memories with the family.

SCHERTZ, Texas – At the age of 96, Celia Fernandez is strengthening with a little help from the Ochoa community.

“I feel fine,” Ochoa said.

It was the day of April 6 when Ochoa lost his San Antonio home at 806 Britton Avenue in a fire. Flames and smoke packed the house as Ochoa’s daughter Celia Garcia came to the rescue.

Garcia said, “I went there to help Mother and I asked her to get out of there, so I went to the kitchen area where the smoke was coming out and it was coming from the laundry area, “Garcia said.

Garcia said a faulty dryer sparked the fire, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The family home was filled with memories of more than 60 years.

“We were always at home. My husband did a lot, ”Ochoa said.

Her husband was Raul Ochoa, a veteran veteran who died in 2011 at the age of 89.

“We have very loving parents. My father was a World War II veteran and believed in honor.

On Saturday, family and friends paraded in Schurz’s alley, honoring their horns, holding balloons from the window to commemorate Ochoa’s birthday.

Ochoa is living with loved ones waiting for a desire to raise enough money to rebuild his home.

“I hope they fix it,” Ochoa said.

“She has told herself and my son that she wants to stay there all her life and the day the Lord calls her, she wants to stay there and die in that house, not in the hospital, not in anyone else.” Home but his own house, ”said Garcia.

The family said the fire was not insured at the time of the burnt house.

A GoFundMe has been established to contribute to the cost of rebuilding the community. Click Here to know more.


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