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Valley West church taking donations

A Madera family escaped with their lives from an early Wednesday blaze, officials said, but everything they owned and even their dog were lost in the flames.

Valley West Christian Center is taking donations for the Hernandez family and wants to “give them a little normalcy” after the pre-dawn chaos, associate pastor Lance Leach said.

Ernie Hernandez has been a Madera-area photographer for a number of years, Leach said, while his wife Grace is a caregiver and former medical worker.

Leach said all of Ernie’s equipment — “his whole livelihood” — was destroyed in the fire, but the family was focused on more immediate needs...


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