CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A family is heartbroken after their home caught fire.
Fire crews say the flames started at the back of the house located on Lolita Street, but the cause of the fire is still undetermined.
Homeowner Martha Ruiz says she is grateful that no one was hurt in this situation and she also says now it's all about keeping a positive attitude and putting her best foot forward.
Ruiz says after she called her children and told them goodnight things took a turn for the worst.
Her home of many years caught on fire.
“It looked like the blackest cloud of smoke you ever seen in your life just rushing through the vents,” says Ruiz.
Flames erupted from the back of the home and began to spread.
Martha says she's trying to salvage what she can while placing her pride aside so her children can have a home to come back to.
“After that, it just seemed like a dream it was like watching my house my childhood home that my parents raised you know good law-abiding citizens to do go for others and watching it go up in smoke,” says Ruiz.
Ruiz is thankful for the outpouring of help from friends and loved ones because much work is to be done.
“Look, if I saw you I would help you and you wouldn't even have to ask and that is how a lot of people are helping me, and I’m just saying like, whatever blessing you give me, there's so much more blessings within that I am going to give back I think that's all I can say,” says Ruiz.
If you would like to help Ruiz and her family, you can drop off donations at St. John Paul II located at 3036 Saratoga Blvd.