When Sally Nobbs and her family jumped out of the windows of their Sunset Beach home to escape a five-alarm fire May 12, there was no going back: They lost everything.
But almost immediately, Nobbs, who lived in the rented home with her boyfriend, his two sons and a roommate, was overwhelmed with the generosity of neighbors and friends.
"When we were sitting on the beach and watching our house burn down, people were running up to us and giving us things we needed, like clothes and shoes," Nobbs said.
Friends and strangers packed Nadine's Irish Mist on Monday night for a benefit to support the family affected by the blaze, which burned one house to the ground, completely damaged another and caused minor damage to the two on either side.
It started when burning coals fell through the bottom of a barbecue and landed on a wood deck, according to Kris Concepcion, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.