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Pleasantville father who saved young son recovering from fire that destroyed home

Updated: Mar 23


Jose Morales, 39, is doing better, his wife said. Their 5-year-old son, Bubba, has been released from the hospital.

A Pleasantville family who lost their home to a fire is glad at least that everyone is safe. “We’re holding up,” said Amanda Naylor in a phone call from Temple University Hospital, where her husband is still recovering from smoke inhalation and eye damage. A GoFundMe page was set up

by their daughter Tatiana Morales. Jose Morales, 39, is doing better, Naylor said. Their 5-year-old son, Bubba, has been released from the hospital. Going by the home was “devastating,” Naylor said.

Naylor was at work and didn’t find out until she took a break.


When she saw her son for the first time, he told her “he thought he was going to die,” she said, crying.

“For him so young to have that in his head. It’s a lot for him,” she said of the kindergartener.


The children haven’t gone back to school yet, but are expected to return Monday. There will be a counselor for Bubba.


Right now, the four siblings are staying between their father’s family and their godmother, while their mom stays with Morales.


“He’s getting better,” she said of her partner for nearly 20 years. “It’s just going to take time.”


Edwards is just glad Tuesday’s detour led them to the father and son.


“Everything happens for a reason, and thank God that did happen,” she said. “If we never came past who knows how bad that situation would have been.”


There has not yet been a cause for the fire released. But Naylor said it started somewhere on the first floor.


The flames didn’t rise to the second floor until Morales and Bubba has already gotten out.

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