Families sift through rubble after fire...

Posted at 6:12 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 20:12:03-05

The residents of a burned out apartment complex are sifting through the debris today,picking up what wasn't consumed in the fire, but in the ashes they're finding hope.

Reuben Gutierrez has lived in this apartment with his wife and father in law for seven years. A grease fire started in an apartment and quickly spread through the complex Tuesday night. It's a total loss.

"It's kind of like a bomb went off,” said Gutierrez. “There's fire damage everywhere. It's pretty bad damage in there."

Despite the damage, none of the fourteen people living in the complex were hurt. As Gutierrez and his family dig through the rubble to collect what wasn't burned a glimmer of hope is found.

"We did have a two foot angel my wife's grandma had given her just before she had passed away and that was saved," he said.

He hopes it is a sign that in their time of struggle help is out there. The Boise Fire Department's Burnout Fund is putting the resident's up in hotels for now and Gutierrez is searching for a new permanent home.

"It's not so much the stuff that was in the house because all that can be replaced,” he said. “Our first priority now is finding us a place to stay on a more permanent basis and not just for the next couple of months."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Gutierrez and has already raised nearly a thousand dollars. With help from the community the wounds from the fire can begin to heal.