Harlingen restaurant to hold fundraiser after family loses home in fire

2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, November 29 2023 Nov 29, 2023 November 29, 2023 11:07 AM November 29, 2023 in News - Local

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated with the amount raised from the fundraiser hosted by Los Cuates Restaurant. 


A Harlingen family lost everything after a fire completely destroyed their home.

"There's nothing left...there's nothing left of it and it just, it hurts a lot, it hurts," Alejandra Olbala Trevino said.

Memories are the only thing left of the Trevino family home after it went up in flames at 4 a.m., a day before Thanksgiving. 

"To just watch it all, you know, everything that my husband put hands on that he made from scratch. It's not like, you made me a table that I can just go and buy somewhere. No, those are memories," Alejandra Olbala Trevino said.

Alejandra and her husband were not home at the time of the fire, but a brother and aunt were. Luckily, they made it out alive. The family lost their vehicles, all their belongings and their pets.

"The thing that hurts the most man is the pets that we couldn't take out is that's the thing that hurts the most, I mean they're like your family," Jose Trevino said.

The home is nestled between a dozen neighbors, and one of them saw the damage and decided to offer her help.

"Seeing your neighbors, saying 'hi, how are you?' and then seeing their houses in ashes, you're like, man, that could have been my house. If you think about it, because that could happen to any of us," AJ Sanchez said.

Sanchez is the owner of Los Cuates Restaurant in Harlingen. She opened her doors to the family after the blaze, and said she wanted to help. 

Sanchez says her daughter came up with the idea to host a fundraiser at the restaurant to help the Trevino's get back on their feet.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the restaurant will give all the money they make that day to the family. Their full menu will be available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

On Wednesday evening, the restaurant reported they raised nearly $1,500 for the Trevino family as part of the fundraiser.

Harlingen's assistant fire chief says investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked that fire.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, click here to donate.

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