Senior firefighter Sergio Toscano with the Little Tujunga Hotshots was on an assignment when he learned his house had been destroyed Saturday by the Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest.
Toscano was fighting a fire in the Cleveland National Forest near San Diego at the time his home was destroyed.
Toscano's friend and colleague, Brandon Opliger, set up a Go Fund Me page for Toscano and his family. In the one day the site has been up over $16,000 of $30,000 goal has been raised, with over 260 unique donors.
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Toscano discovered the Go Fund Me page and wishes to split funds with the family of two other firefighters that lost their homes in the same fire. Toscano has a young son who was with his mother during the fire.
The Sand fire has burned more than 58 square miles and at least 18 homes in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles. It was 25 percent contained Monday morning.