Palm Bay family reunited with dog after house fire

Family seeks support from community

PALM BAY, Fla. – Marta Navarro could not hold back her tears as she walked inside her home Monday morning. 

Everything she and her husband had worked for was gone.

"I don't know where to start. We have to start from the bottom," Navarro said.

The mother of six children, ages 5 to 13, said she and her children were out Friday looking for their lost Chihuahua and when they came back, they found their home engulfed in flames. 

"It started in the kitchen and went up through the attic and caused the fire," she said. 

Navarro said all of her children lost their clothes, toys, shoes and their school supplies, including their book bags. 


"The kids slept on the floor last night and it broke me. It broke me because they want their bed. They want their room," Navarro said. 

The family had been living in their Polk St. Northwest home for seven years and is now homeless. 

Their dog, Ellie, was still missing. Navarro was hoping someone out there can locate her and bring her back to give her children some hope. 

"That would change everything for them. That's like their sibling. That's my baby child," she said.

The dog was found Monday evening and has since been reunited with the family.

 A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family. They are hoping the community can help get them back on their feet. 

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