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Ruben Salcido’s family lost their home to the Carlton Complex fire. Now the father of four is searching other destroyed properties for the means to a new home. Ruben Salcido’s family lost their home to the Carlton Complex fire. Now the father of four is searching other destroyed properties for the means to a new home.
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Ruben Salcido's family lost their home to the Carlton Complex fire. Now the father of four is searching other destroyed properties for the means to a new home.

“I can't just throw my hands up in the air and say, ‘that's it, we're done,'” Salcido told KHQ's Gabe Cohen. “No, that's not how we work.”

Ruben Salcido is an internet manager by trade. But for the past six weeks he's been scrapping for about six hours each day to make some extra money to put toward a new house.

In the meantime, his family has been living at their church.

His day begins just after sunrise. He puts in an hour before going to work, then five hours afterward.

“Life has just changed everyday,” he said.

Salcido says the family is well on their way to a new home. His wife also scraps many hours out of the day. They're hoping to begin the building process at some point soon.

“Nothing too fancy,” Salcido said. “Just a house, and a roof over our head. Don't have to be a mansion, just a home.”

And the community has rallied behind this family. Salcido says they've already scrapped around 40 homes, and have 60 more planned.

“As the people found out the story they said ‘yeah, come do our property,'” Salcido said. “They're giving us their life so we can build our house.”

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