Enrique Romero doesn't know where his family will go.
The 27-year-old West Valley resident and at least nine of his family members are now homeless after a fire ravaged their dwelling at 2920 S. 3000 West on Sunday afternoon.
West Valley firefighters responded to smoke billowing outside the home about 2:45 p.m. and doused the flames that started in a bedroom and spread throughout the house. At least 5 people were inside watching television when the fire was first noticed. Everyone got outside safely and the family had no pets, Capt. Joe White said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house is uninhabitable with damage ranging between $100,000 to $150,000, White said.
The house is "pretty much a total loss," he said. "They'll have to gut it completely to start."
Firefighters removed some of the siding of the house to check for any hidden fires.
One family member was seen walking around in socks and sandals because he couldn't go back and get his shoes.
"We feel real sad," said Romero, who speaks limited English. "We don't have anywhere to go to sleep tonight."
The Red Cross has offered to help the immediate family members, which includes two adults, four children and four additional cousins living there, with shelter for three days and food and clothing for a week.
Spokeswoman Susan Thomas said the Red Cross has also helped the family obtain a storage unit for remaining possessions.
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