La Feria man calls ruins from deadly fire "sacred ground"

Guillermina Puga and Ana Puga

Primitivo Losoya returned to his mobile home that was reduced to ashes last weekend near La Feria.

This was my whole life," he said with a choked up voice and tears in his eyes.

Losoya called the ruins home for the last 20 years.

Memories with his late wife and sister-in-law there still race through his mind.

"A lot, he said. Everything we had. Everything we went through."

Losoya said his wife Guillermina Puga died while trying to save her older sister Ana Puga when smoke and flames quickly filled the mobile last weekend.

I didn't want her to go in there, he said.

You told her not to go in? Action 4 TMs Ryan Wolf asked.

Yes, he responded while wiping tears from his face.

She's got the heart of a hero, Wolf said next.

Yes," Losoya said.

County fire investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the blaze.

The fire left Losoya and his son Junior with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

He was surprised Thursday afternoon with the Pay it 4Ward award.

Nothing can replace lives, Wolf said. And we know that. But we wanted to do something to at least let you know that you are not alone and that you have people here for you who support you and want to see nothing but the best for you and your son moving forward. So my friends at GEF Financial Agency are standing by."

Ricardo Filizola and Karen Gonzalez shared how they wanted to help.

I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through, Ricardo said. But I do want you to know that people in the Valley care about you and they don't want to have you going through this alone."

Karen handed Losoya the Pay it 4Ward prize.

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss, she said. And we understand that this has been devastating for you in more ways than one. And we want to help in some small way. So on behalf of GEF Financial and Action 4 News here's $400."

It's a small gesture to try and fill a large hole left in his heart.

From my heart| God bless you all," Losoya said.

Anyone wishing to help out the family can make a donation at any IBC bank under the name of Primitivo Losoya under account number 1011754681.

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