Couple's home destroyed in early-morning fire




Posted on November 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 9:48 PM

DALLAS – An early-morning fire consumed a home in southern Dallas Thursday but miraculously caused no injuries. 

The Thanksgiving morning blaze tore through a home in the 400 block of Sunnyside Ave. Citayano Maldanado said a close-knit group of neighbors risked their lives to wake his parents up in their house after it caught fire. They made it out unharmed.

"I really appreciate God keeping my family together," Maldanado said. 

Along with his siblings, Maldanado bought the home for his parents six months ago. One of the Good Samaritans who saved them said she has no regrets running into the burning home.

"It's about being there for others and making sure you know you love one another the way you are supposed to," said Priscilla Mendoze Barrientos. 

The Cockrell Hill Fire Department was five blocks away. By the time responders arrived, though, the fast-moving flames had already consumed the home and spread to Maldanado's next door. The couple's children feared the worst. 

"They didn't know, you know, if they were dead or alive and when they seen them … I could feel their pain," said Mendoza-Barrientos.

The couple is safe, but they lost their home. They have no insurance, yet their daughter remains grateful.

"I'm grateful, thank God, that the neighbors were there and got them out in time," said Affraceli Correa. "They are our angels. They were there when they needed them."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.