Salvation Army Helping After Fire Destroys E. Naples Home

On Friday, August 15, 2014 a faulty electrical wire caused a blazing fire in the living room of a Naples home that destroyed the entire house and two vehicles on the 3300 block of Poinsettia Avenue, off Airport Pulling Road. No one was injured, but the entire family has been displaced. Maria Resendiz and her husband Pablo Colocho resided in the rented home along with their ten year old daughter, Margarita and two brothers, Angel and Moises Galicia.

Margarita, a student who attends The Salvation Army’s After School Program, was on their home computer, with her headphones on, when the fire broke out in the living room. She initially smelled the smoke and alerted her mother with just enough time to safely escape the flames as they quickly engulfed the house. The fire was so violent, that the Naples fire crews had to spray the home next door and a nearby Circle-K off Airport Pulling Road South.

The home, which was owned by Martha Turner of Marco Island and rented by the Resendiz family, completely burned to the ground along with the family’s furniture, clothing and personal belongings. The home did not have any insurance, as the roof was in repair to obtain insurance on this recent property sale.

The Salvation Army of Collier is actively assisting the Resendiz family as they transition into temporary housing. They are currently residing with family members; however, they are in desperate need of a three bedroom home or apartment rental opportunity. In addition to housing assistance, The Salvation Army is seeking the following donations for the family:

• Donated vehicle
• Clothing in the following sizes: Women’s tops and pants in size 12, women’s shoes in size 9; Men’s medium and large size shirts, men’s pants in sizes 34/30, 34/34 and 32/30, and men’s shoes in size 7, 12 and 13; and little girl’s shirts and pants in size 14 and girl’s shoes in size 4.
• Bedding, towels, and linens
• A desktop or laptop computer

For information on donating goods to this family or offering a housing opportunity, please contact Karole Davis at The Salvation Army at (239) 210-4006 to make donation arrangements.

If you would like to financially help the Resendiz family, monetary donations can be made to “The Maria Resendiz Family Fund” at any SunTrust Bank to assist this family rebuild their lives.

The homeowner who lost her property, Martha Turner, is also setting up a fund and more details will soon be available.

The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. More than 47,000 residents are assisted annually. Learn about The Salvation Army in Collier County online at, on Facebook at and find them on Twitter:

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