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Single Mother Loses Everything in Apartment Fire

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    Single Mother Loses Everything in Apartment Fire

    NBC 7's Ashley Matthews spoke to the victim, and learned what prized possession firefighters were able to save amid the flames. (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    A single mother was left with next to nothing after a fire tore through her apartment in Bonita.

    Melissa Medina's family member was arrested after witnesses told police they saw him start the fire at her home on Tuesday.

    That’s a day Medina won't be forgetting anytime soon.

    "I felt like I wanted to faint when I saw what happened," Medina said. "It's completely overwhelming. I look at it and think 'Everything I own is gone,'" said Medina.

    Thankfully, she was at work and her daughter was at school when the fire started.

    Firefighters were able to save one very important item: a photo album filled with pictures of Medina and her daughter.

    Detectives with the Chula Vista Police Department told NBC 7 Medina's family member, Yadim Carranza, 34, was arrested at the scene and charged with arson and resisting a peace officer. 

    A GoFundMe page was started to help Medina and her daughter get back on their feet.