Community helps Hacienda Heights family who lost two in fire

Community members and businesses are working to assist a Hacienda Heights family that lost two members in a fatal fire earlier this week.

Virginia Gonzalez, 49, and her adopted 3-year-old son died in the fire, which broke out late Sunday at a home in the 1700 block of Piermont Drive, coroner’s and sheriff’s officials said.

The boy’s name was not released pending positive identification, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.

Both the woman and child died as a result of “smoke inhalation and thermal burns,” he said, and their deaths were ruled to be accidental.

The fire was sparked by a candle left unattended in the home, sheriff’s investigators said.

Gonzalez was trying to rescue the toddler when she died, officials said.

Her husband was seriously injured rescuing the couple’s 9-year-old daughter. The girl’s injuries were not major.

The father tried unsuccessfully to rescue his wife and son from the burning home before he was overcome by the smoke and flames, officials said.

Roundtable Pizza, 17170 Colima Road, will donate a portion of proceeds from 3 to 7 p.m. today to the family, family friends said.

The Hacienda Heights Pizza Co., 15239 Gale Ave. in Industry, also will donate a portion of Tuesday’s profits to the family.

Members of a softball team that plays with Gonzalez’s daughter are planning a benefit carwash on Sept. 4
at Pit Stop LLC, 980 Turnbull Canyon Road, Industry.

Additionally, a bank account has been set up to help the family. Those interested in contributing can donate to the Gonzalez Memorial Account, Wells Fargo account No. 8965800637.

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