SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - In San Jose, a couple has stepped forward with a generous gift one week after fire ripped through a mobile home killing three people including two children. A couple has offered the family a new home.
The Tran family lost not only their house but their 10-year-old daughter and uncle. As the family tries to make sense of what happened, community members are stepping up in a big way.
A growing memorial sits outside the charred mobile home where the Tran family used to live. The family is devastated by the loss of their 10-year-old daughter Uyen. Uyen Tran, her 62-year-old uncle and her 10-year-old best friend all died when a fire broke out inside the mobile home at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park last Tuesday. The parents immigrated from Vietnam. The father is a mechanic's assistant and the mother works on an assembly line.
“We have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old,” said Todd Su of San Jose. “We cannot imagine that happening to our kids.”
San Jose natives Todd Su and his wife Cindy own the largest manufactured home retailer in the Bay Area. When they heard about the fire, they immediately wanted to help.
“We found out there was no insurance on the home.” said Su. “Currently they have nowhere to live. I asked them what they were going to do and they said they were going to be homeless.”
The Sus are now donating a brand new manufactured house as a way to give back.
“My mother always taught me to remember where you came from,” said Su.
The three bedroom, two bathroom home is valued at $200,000 cement based with fire retardant siding. They said it's the least they can do.
“It never can replace the deep loss of an uncle and two beautiful angels in the community,” said San Jose City Councilman Tam Nguyen. “However, I think with that it shows how much it shows we love them.”
All of them are giving the Tran family a sense of hope and comfort from their deep pain and sorrow as a community comes together in their time of need.
“This also gets our community together to show how strong we are in San Jose,” said Su. “Not only the Vietnamese community but all different races all different families we can come together and do some good"
A billionaire from Los Angeles who gave $5 million to Coyote Creek flood victims in San Jose is also donating money to help the family. Right now, they're all waiting for the fire marshal to allow them to start clean-up. The hope is to have the new home built in the next few weeks.