VIDEO: 25 Years After the Fire

Members of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association visit with a family they saved from a harrowing fire 25 years ago.

On Dec. 27, 1986, Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters like Frank Fraone were dispatched to 1107 Hollyburne Ave. on a report of a fire.

They were told, people were trapped inside the home.

"When we arrived on the scene, we found a working fire, and three family members were pulled from the flames," recalled Fraone.

Those three people were members of the Harris family of Menlo Park.

All three family members - Patricia, and her son Jamal and daughter Jamella - suffered serious burns. Patricia's covered 47 percent of her body; Jamella's, 17 percent, which is significant being that she was just 2 years old at the time.

Members of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association (MPFA) took the Harris family under their wing. With help from the association and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, which the association supports, the family was able to return to their home and live long and healthy lives.

The MPFA visited the Harris family and made this video, to show how their lives look today, 25 years after the fire.

They still live at 1107 Hollyburne Ave., to this day.

"With the help of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, this family has been transformed from victims to survivors," say members of the MPFA.

For more information about MPFA, visit www.menloparkfirefighters.org/. To learn more about the efforts of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, visit www.aarbf.org/.


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