A Loves Park family stays united after flames rip through their life. The Goza family home, in pieces, destroyed, and covered in ashes, after a horrific fire spread quickly through their house.
"What went through my mind? It's okay," Penney Goza, the owner of the house said. "It's a house. I have you guys."
That was her first thought after seeing her house burst into flames late Saturday. Six people were in the house, including grandkids, children, and a baby on the way.
"I watched just my garage burning, to my whole house in flames, before the fire department got there," Goza said.
Everyone made it out safely. Penney wasn't there at the time. She got a call from her oldest daughter, telling her the house was on fire. Her young son smelled smoke from his upstairs bedroom, then the oldest son sprung into action, gathering his pregnant sister, other siblings, and cousins, to run outside. Goza is thankful, but wishes help had been there sooner.
"It's frustrating because there's me, my four kids. my two year old granddaughter, and I have another baby coming soon and now I have nothing," Goza said. "It'll be okay because I have them, but a half hour? That's a long time."
The neighbors saw the fire and heard screaming from the house. They said the heat was unbelievable.
"We could hear the tires popping in the garage," Cindy Gragg, a neighbor said. "So it was like a huge bon fire."
Now, they stay together as a family and rebuild. There to help, the community. Tender Times Child Care and Preschool in Machesney Park is holding a clothing drive for the family.
"It's amazing because you hear the news and the first ten minutes that are horrible stories," Goza said. "But then when something horrible happens, your community comes together and you don't expect that. You really don't."
Blackhawk Bank is also starting the Goza Family Benefit Fund at all of their eight locations. You can find the locations in the link to the side of this story.
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