County seeks grant to assist Niland fire victims

Calipatria State Prison inmates assist Calipatria Fire Department officials on July 1 at the Calipatria-Niland Family Resource Center to unload food items donated to victims of the June 28 Niland fire. JULIO MORALES PHOTO

CALIPATRIA — Despite losing his rental home, work vehicle and just about every other personal belonging in the June 28 five-alarm fire in Niland, Miguel “Mickey” Araujo III said he considered himself blessed.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, Araujo and his wife and seven children were able to secure shelter, food and essential household items through the assistance of government agencies, non-profits and strangers alike.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at or 760-337-3415.

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