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Fort Stockton family loses food truck in fire

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 3:48 PM CDT
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FORT STOCKTON, Texas (KOSA) -

A Fort Stockton couple is trying to rebuild after a devastating fire destroyed their sole source of income—their food truck.

For almost two years, the Manisinh family lived their dream jobs, but then all that was taken away in an instant.

“My wife calls me on the phone and goes honey the trailers on fire. I’m like what? I just start running out there and I see this thing engulfed in flames.”

Paul Manisinh said it hurt badly to watch his truck burn.

He and his wife saved up for at least ten years and spent about $50,000 on this food truck that would become Z Fusion Twist.

“Every life saving,” he said. “Everything I saved up since I’d been working and I poured it all into it and then you just watch it go in flames and it’s like, wow.”

They’re trying to rebuild the restaurant, but it’s an uphill battle.

Paul said he’s been working as hard as he can to keep up with his father’s hospital bills after he suffered a stroke last year and pay off debt he took on to open the food truck.

It’s an impossible task for now as Z Fusion was the family’s only source of income.

“This food truck has helped us survive this long,” Paul said. “Cause I know if I had a nine to five, I wouldn’t be able to survive what I’m doing now. All the bills that are accumulating on us.”

Since the fire, the Fort Stockton community has offered support and has donated to the Manisinh family’s GoFundMe account.

Paul said all he’s ever wanted to do is cook for this community he loves so much whether they can pay or not.

“We’ll cook for them,” he said. “To feed somebody is, y’know, just feed somebody. Just go out and do something good in life and just feed somebody. If they’re hungry feed them. That’s how I see it.”

Now he hopes that spirit of generosity will be returned in his time of need.

You can find the family’s fundraiser by clicking here.

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