Latino gardener saves Floral Park family when a fire breaks out in their home

(Photo courtesy of the O.C. Register)

Oh the irony.  A Latino gardener, Vincent Virgen, was working in Floral Park this Monday evening, when he noticed that a house on Heliotrope Drive was on fire, according to the O.C. Register.  Virgen rushed to save the family in that home!

Floral Park is where Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido lives.  That is why so much city money gets spent in Floral Park.

The homes in this neighborhood have the highest values in the city.  It is also one of the last bastions of white residents in Santa Ana.  If you flip through the pictures that accompany the Register’s article you will see that for yourself.

Latino drivers routinely get pulled over in Floral Park for DWB.  For some unknown reason the Floral Park neighborhood is absolutely crawling with cops – even though residents of Central Santa Ana often have to wait for a very long time when they call the SAPD for help.

And Pulido unleashes the Santa Ana firemen in his neighborhood to walk precincts for him and whatever Clowncil candidates or measures he is supporting.  So I am sure they were quite familiar with the home that was burning – but it was the lowly Latino gardener who saved the mother and her four kids – not the firemen.  They arrived in time to spend 45 minutes battling the blaze, which was due to faulty electrical wiring.

The Register reported that the gardener noticed the fire at 5:15 p.m. and that he woke up the family members.  One of the Register’s readers wondered why the family was already in bed at 5:15 p.m.  Good question.  That is somewhat odd.  I wonder why the family did not have functional smoke alarms installed in their home?  I am assuming they did not have smoke alarms as they did not notice the fire.

The good news for the family is that generally homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of fixing the home, replacing the contents and subsidizing alternative living arrangements while the home is repaired.

Kudos to Vincent Virgen for his heroism!  Perhaps now the people of Floral Park who aren’t terribly happy about Latinos will now look at them a little differently.  One can only hope.


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