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San Mateo Family Still Needs Help Following House Fire

Uatesoni and Anna Paasi, who have been living in a homeless shelter after the Dec. 5 fire, are grateful for any donations to help rebuild their home.

The damage is evident at 1523 York Ave. in San Mateo, where a fire damaged a home in early December.
The damage is evident at 1523 York Ave. in San Mateo, where a fire damaged a home in early December.
Earlier this month, a San Mateo family lost everything in a house fire -- and have reportedly been living in a homeless shelter ever since.

Following the Dec. 5 fire at 1523 York Ave., a website was established to raise money for the family.

The deadline to reach the family's goal of raising $100,000 to repair the home and replace the contents was recently extended to Jan. 3, to give community members who are able to donate a little extra time to do so.

The blaze caused around $250,000 in damage to the structure and an additional $50, 000 to the contents.

Uatesoni and Anna Paasi are extremely grateful for what has been donated already, according to their family members.

There were four people in the house asleep at the time of the fire -- three of them were their children -- when they were awakened by the smell of smoke just before 10 p.m. 

Five fire engines, one ladder truck and two Battalion Chiefs were dispatched to the blaze, equally 21 firefighters. Neighboring agency Central County Fire Department assisted San Mateo units.

The flames were extinguished within 15 minutes, and no one was injured, according to fire officials.

Visit their page at youcaring.com to donate.
Kirsten Herick Dillon December 30, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Laura, do we know if they had any Xmas gifts? Did the kids get any? Can we figure that out? I'd like to get some to the family if they did not.
Christy Cabal Graham December 30, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Hi Kirsten, I am the organizer for the Fund Raiser. There were two kids, Masao Paasi, 6mos, and Lavemai Paasi, 14yrs old, both male. They did not receive many Christmas presents and I'm sure could use a few... I will post a picture of them on the Fund. Sao wears size 24mos and I'm not sure about Lavemai but I will find out and get back to you... Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity...Christy
Christy Cabal Graham December 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Kirsten, so here are the sizes for Lavemai, the 14yr old. Size Large top and 32 on pants ... hope this helps. Thanks so much! Christy
Kirsten Herick Dillon January 01, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Hi Christy, How can I get these to you? Thanks!
Christy Cabal Graham January 02, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Hi Kirsten, please email me at christy.graham@yahoo.com or call me at 619-313-7770 and we can make arrangements? Thanks so much!! Christy
Christy Cabal Graham January 04, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Kirsten, the address the family is at is 325 Villa Terrace, San Mateo, CA 94401
Kirsten Herick Dillon January 13, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Hi Christy- are they still there? Do you know of anything else they need?

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