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Dededo family lost everything in fire

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - While the investigation into the cause of a Dededo house fire continues, a family in the northern village was left homeless after a fire raged through their home along Binadu Street.

A family member who did not want to be on camera told KUAM News the was fueled by a family feud.

Anywhere between 11 to 15 people live there and one of those individuals who once called this place home, Jesse Mendiola, claims it was a fight between siblings that turned violent igniting a fire that consumed the entire home and everything inside within minutes. Dededo mayor Melissa Savares said, "At this point the family will need everything from clothing bedding all kinds of necessities that they need to live."

The family was lucky to make it out alive. "It's a container home and it's totally engulfed in flames so everything the entire structure and  its entire contents are destroyed the entire family made it out safely," she said.

According to the mayor several children live in the home and the extension that was once stood there. Their ages:  four, three, 18 months, 12, 15 and 17.

With everything lost in the fire, the Guam Housing Corporation is providing a temporary place for the family to stay, while the American Red Cross, according to Savares, has provided vouchers  for their immediate needs. The Dededo  Mayor's Office has also provide monetary assistance and has opened its doors to accept donations. Just today the mayor says she received several donations which have already been given to the family. If you'd like to make a contribution please call the mayor's office at 632-5203.

23-year-old Thomas Mark Mendiola Taitano was arrested for aggravated arson, arson, assault, family violence, reckless  driving, fraudulent use of a license plate, leaving the scene of an accident and  criminal mischief.
 
According to Jesse Mendiola, Taitano is his brother and was fighting with his sister who lived in the home. He got so angry he is accused of setting the house on fire. 
 
Taitano was booked and confined.
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