MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - After losing almost everything in a house fire, a Maricopa woman says she’s thankful for the community support.
That woman and her husband are safe, but it could have been a much different story had it not been for the firefighters and their own neighbors who jumped in to help.
Mary Lou Baca has mobility issues while her husband Frank is bedridden.
“Frank is doing better, he gets tired very quickly,” said Mary Lou.
So when a fire broke out in the kitchen the Saturday after Thanksgiving, they were both in serious danger.
“I really thought we were going to have a real issue because I knew I couldn't lift him and I knew there was no way I was able to get him out of there,” said Mary Lou.
At that moment, a neighbor who had seen the smoke, showed up to save them.
“And he ran in, got my husband, luckily there was a chair in there on rollers, and he rolled him out of the house!” said Mary Lou.
The Maricopa Fire Department wasn't far behind. They put out the flames and even revived a stray cat Mary Lou had been feeding.
The help didn't stop there.
The same firefighters who helped them out, later sent them a gift card to help them start over.
Even total strangers started offering to donate after hearing what had happened over Facebook.
“That's the thing that's so surprising. They have no idea who we are,” said Mary Lou.
On Tuesday it was a couch delivered to the rental home Mary Lou’s daughter Monica has helped set them up with.
Monica drove into town from her home in San Diego when she heard about what happened and is forever grateful for the people who were watching over her parents.
Because the Bacas' home was so badly damaged, it will be four months before they can move back.
'Till then, they say the support of their community makes losing almost everything a little bit easier.
“It's good to know that there are people that are going to help you, you know. It renews your faith in man, you know what I’m saying,” she said.
Mary Lou says she hopes she can one day pay it forward to the community that has helped her out so much.