In spite of losing home to fire, woman helps others

PHOENIX - Two weeks after a fire destroyed a West Phoenix home, some family members are still living there because they have nowhere else to go.

Heather Hall and her husband were renting the home near 43rd and Northern avenues and living there with their two sons and pets when the fire broke out April 27.

“Our neighbors across the street was pounding on the door, telling us to the the “H” out, your house was on fire,” Heather said.

Her husband has been staying with their sons at their in-laws’ home, but pets aren’t allowed in their community so Heather sleeps in the backyard, or what used to be their laundry room with her five dogs and cat.

Even though things look bleak, she tries to stay positive and help others, which is how she met Veronica Lee.

“Who shows up at my house but a woman who’s house burned down -- who  has nothing, who’s living in the backyard for two weeks – and she tries to give me dog food,” Lee said.

Lee runs the group “Caring Hearts for Homeless Pets and Their Owners " and says Heather’s story really moved her.

“It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow. I’m a mom, but I’m going to spend my time out here with her,” Lee said.

Now, while Heather stays in the house that used to hold so many memories and pictures, she says she’s just grateful she has her loved ones.

If you’d like to help, a fund has been set up for donations to help the family get into a new home.

You can also help out by going to the "Caring Hearts for Homeless Pets and Their Owners" Facebook page .

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