Save Andrew&Kat Fuentes's Forever Home After Fire

On April 16, 2019, Andrew and his wife, Kat,  experienced something that we all fear-- a house fire. An altercation between his neighbors resulted in an active shooter standoff with law enforcement. As the scene unfolded, Andrew's neighbor set his own house ablaze, murdering an innocent bystander while continuing to shoot at police with his rifle.  With wind gusts at nearly 25 mph, a fire had erupted uncontrollably.  A collection of leaves, twigs, and pollen that had settled on Andrew and Kat's roof had transformed itself into tinder and ignited the roof and attic space.  Smoke and flames billowed through the house, destroying everything in its path. Because the SWAT team blocked off access to the entire street, the fire began to grow. It was only after the 'All Clear' sign was given that the San Antonio Fire Department was able to intervene and attempted to rescue their house. 

KSAT News Report on House Fire 

For as long as I've known Andrew, he has worked diligently on their house, making repairs almost every weekend, so that he, his wife, their seven year old son, and two dogs could enjoy their forever home. Their humble abode, built in the 1940s, has been their pride and joy for almost 4 years. Purchased in December 2015, they had restored the beautiful original wood floors, electrical work, and paint all on their own. But after the fire, you would never suspect it. It was unrecognizable to me. The day after the fire, Andrew walked me through the rubble. The ceiling had caved in in almost every room. The rafters were charred an ashy black. Those pristine wooden floors which I had admired so much had buckled, bowed, and contorted in unnatural ways. And surprisingly, water had continued to drip endlessly from the drenched roof and soaked insulation.  

I'm asking friends, family, and peers of Andrew and Kat Fuentes to lend a helping hand. Not only will this contribution cover the cost of their deductible, it will also help them get resettled, purchase new clothes to return back to work (all destroyed in the fire), and bounce back from this tragedy. My hope is that by the end of this month, Andrew and Kat will be able to restore a sense of normalcy. 

I am incredibly grateful for having met my dear friend, Andrew, when I did. He's an amazing human being who deserves to make his house for him and his family a home once again. 

Please donate what you can. Your generous donation will go a long way in helping them move forward with their lives. Let's give this family all the support they deserve. 

All the best,
Katherine B.
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Katherine Barrera
San Antonio, TX

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