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SARCC volunteer and her family lose everything in house fire

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, emergency service personnel work at the scene of a house explosion in the Bronx borough of New York. The explosion that destroyed a New York City house and killed a firefighter has drawn attention to marijuana-making methods that are legal in some states _ but can also be lethal. Authorities are investigating whether the people who set up an indoor marijuana farm in the house tampered with gas lines or mishandled other materials in ways that caused the explosion.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

PHOENIX — Valley resident Sandra Catalan has been a part of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) for the past seven years. She’s volunteered at KTAR’s annual Action for Autism Radiothon and even has a son with autism.

And now she needs your help.

While the cause is currently unknown, a fire flared up in Catalan’s garage last week — and burned the house completely to the ground.

“I don’t have any shoes, I don’t have clothes; everything was gone,” she told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos Tuesday.

Catalan is a single mother of five — ages 7 to 20 — and she and her family are currently staying with her pastors, as she seeks help for the next step in rebuilding. Friends have also donated clothes, money and food.

Her 20-year-old son was responsible for getting the younger children out of the house, but 12-year-old Leo may be suffering the most.

Leo has low-functioning autism, meaning he needs routine and familiar surroundings. He continues to ask Catalan when they can go home and where all of his stuff is.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo where monetary donations can be made. The account number is 6945058292 under the name Sandra Catalan.

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