Primitivo Losoya Jr. was supposed to be enjoying the start to a new school year, but instead he's mourning the loss of his mother and aunt who died over the weekend when a mobile home went up in flames.
"It's gonna be hard to sleep, I couldn't sleep yesterday, Losoya said. His dad saw it all and said his wife Guillermina risked her own life to save her sleeping sister in the next room.
"We got up, opened the door and sure there was smoke all over. My wife said oh my sister my sister, and I grabbed her so she wouldn't go inside but she went inside and I said don't go inside, Primitivo Losoya Sr. said. The father said he rushed to the main street to knock on doors and call for help but by the time rescue crews arrived from Santa Rosa and La Feria, but it was too late.
His wife and her sister died in the fire.
"It took them a long time, by the time they got out here the fire was already over there, the father said. Luckily, his son Primitivo Jr., spent the weekend at his sister's house in Brownsville and is still there today. His puppies all survived too, but nothing can bring this family solace.
"I felt guilty cause I couldn't do anything about it," the middle school student said. They have nowhere to sleep, no clothes, no money, and Primitivo Jr. has no school supplies either.
However, his father said the broken family is trying to figure out how to bury their loved ones.
"That's my priority. I need to see if someone can help me sell some (food) plates or something, Primitivo Sr told Action 4 News.
In the meantime, they sit here among a pile of ashes that used to be home.
"I'd rather be here than anywhere else, the father said. It's all I had.
Action 4 News is in contact with the family about where to donate funds, clothing or school supplies. They are in the process of setting up a bank account.
The boy attends WB Green Middle School in La Feria, and the school counselor is also in the process of setting up a donation drive for the child and the family.