FAMILY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE IN JAMUL AREA

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December 30, 2011 (Jamul) -- Yesterday's fire at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road has left a family's lives in ashes.

"Sadly the home was nearly destroyed, although firefighters were able to enter and retrieve personal belongings and photos," Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton reported.  The children lost their father, Mark Hooper, to pancreatic cancer two years ago, said Hamilton, who lost her own home in the 2007 Harris Fire and is offering help to the family.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, and two children, Chris and Kailey. "Rose and Mark worked and built their Jamul home some 23 years ago," Hamilton said, adding that neighbors have described them as a "wonderful" family.

I know that Deerhorn is more than aware of the tragedy of fire and what the loss of so much means," she said, then asked if anyone with contact information for the family can advise how to reach them to offer help. "This is very early in their tragedy, and they probably have no idea yet of what decisions and arrangements need to be made."