Cabo Firefighters Out of Food and Resources, in Desperate Need of Help
Andie Adams and Candice Nguyen - NBC San Diego
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September 18, 2014



Devastation: Los Cabos International Airport was ravaged by the hurricane (Reuters)

Firefighters tasked with helping Cabo San Lucas recover from the disastrous Hurricane Odile have run out of food themselves and are in desperate need of help, a spokesperson told NBC 7.

Robert Allen, an American firefighter working the Cabo Fire Department, came to San Diego on Wednesday for two reasons: to get his family out and to get help for his city.

“The guys are having trouble keeping their own families fed and watered right now, so it’s challenging,” said Allen, who serves on the department’s public relations team.

Hitting land Sunday and Monday, the Category 3 storm left a wide path of chaos across the Baja California Peninsula.

“Costco, Sam’s Club, all those stores looted, and there’s been some local Mexican box stores as well,” said Allen. “And then there's gangs roaming the streets and things like that too, helping themselves to people’s personal effects and stuff like that.”

...Allen plans to contact consulates in the U.S. to see if other countries can offer aid.

If that doesn’t work, Allen – the only Cabo firefighter outside the city right now – will spread the word on his own, asking everyone for assistance.

The International Community Foundation is raising funds to support immediate disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Baja California Sur in response to damage caused by Hurricane Odile.

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Looters run rampant, tourists stranded after Odile slams Mexico's Baja (Reuters)

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