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May 12, 2014 12:47 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Family Pulls Together After Flames Rip Home Apart

CORPUS CHRISTI - Family, friends and volunteers gathered Monday to clean up what's left of a home that burned down almost two weeks ago. One of the home owner's sons, Frank Alegria, says it's tough to see 46 years worth of memories reduced to ashes.

"If someone asked me, 'where's home?' I'd say Corpus Christi and they would say, 'well where in Corpus?' I would say 433 Louisiana," Alegria said.

Flames took over the entire home just nine days ago. Alegria is one of six children who grew up there. His sister, Elizabeth Riley, and her 3 daughters were living there when the fire erupted.

"We love this family, the Alegria's are longtime members of St. John's and Liz and her kids, we love them as well and so we're just here showing that love and doing whatever we can," Executive Pastor Matthew Pennington said.

He and other volunteers brought out wheelbarrows full of torched valuables and tossed out damaged furniture. Alegria says, even though the home itself is a loss, family pictures and some keepsakes were spared.

"This is a Mother's Day card that goes back at least 35 to 37 years," he added.

With their 93-year old mom in mind, all five kids hope to get everything cleaned up and cleared out.

The whole family can still hear the comforting sounds coming from one of their music boxes, even as the home is in ruins.

Family members say, the mother and three girls are getting help and shelter from the Red Cross. They hope to bounce back in the next few months.

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