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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Flores family has been staying at an undisclosed motel for the last two nights. The Red Cross was able to pay for them for the rest of the week.

The family is grateful, but after that, they have no idea how to even start re-building their life.

"We got a lot to thank them for," said Marale Flores. "We didn't know who'll come to support us. They stepped up to the plate first."

They are a family of 12 that escaped with nothing but the clothes on their back when an electrical fire destroyed their home on 32nd street Sunday morning.

"The second spark turned into a big flame," said Aracely Flores. "It went up the curtains in a matter of seconds."

Clothes, pictures, text books and 20 years of memories were all gone up in smoke.

"What your cameras can't capture is the smell and smoke," said Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker. "It has terrible things in it, toxic gas."

Two of the family members have cancer. Azucena Flores has lupus and lost all her prescription medication, her medical bed and other supplies. 16-year old Brenabe Flores has testicular cancer; he too lost all his meds.

The Red Cross is helping them with a two week supply of drugs. CEO Richard White says with 42 people displaced by fires in three days and resources are stretched thin.

"The last few days are some of the busiest we've experienced in my entire 14 years here," said White.

The Red Cross gives displaced families a debit card to get supplies, pays for their motel and can provide two sets of clothing and basic supplies.

100% of all the money comes from donations and tonight Red Cross officials are pleading for help.  You can log on to <http://www.redcross.org/az/tucson> to donate.

The Flores family has an account set up at Wells Fargo bank. You can donate at any Wells Fargo branch- under "the Flores Family" account that was set up in December.

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