Fire Started by Homeless Destroys Paula’s Family Florist in Antioch


A fire that broke out at 4:40 am Monday started by homeless destroyed Paula’s Family Florist in Antioch.

Located at 1412 “A” Street,  Contra Costa Fire responded to a fire that was started in the rear of the building that made its way inside the structure destroying all the contents inside. The building was deemed a total loss including structure damage.

Paula-Franchetto-Trotta stated that in the near future, they will get the business running again with the help of family, but that they were still assessing the damage and their needs.

Since opening Paula’s Family Florist in 2006 they have serviced over 2000 funeral services and over 1200 weddings.

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  1. Why are we putting up with these bums? Forget the PC term of “homeless!” These are nothing more than your plain, garden-variety BUMS!

  2. It looks like people will have to arrange to sleep in their place of business with security cameras all around their buildings. Most probably, what will transpire is have TWO people keep watch through the night on activities taking place around the facilities. One sleep while the other is on guard duty.

    This situation with the “homeless” is getting way-out-of-hand! In many countries there are very strict laws against vagrancy! We should seriously take a look at that.

    Many of these “bums” (right you are, Dawn) were shipped here from other states as part of “BUS THERAPY” .. where they were given a one-way ticket to California because the weather here is mild and they are out of the other states’ hands and now it’s OUR problem. Many refuse shelter and insist that they have the right to live and crap on our streets! Their presence is a health and safety hazard.

  3. we could all be in the homeless position if we stayed in party land when we were young. then the responsible ones grew up, got jobs. and started families. Party days were behind us. the homeless chose to be in the position they’re in. its hard to feel sorry for someone who chose to stay in La La land. Enough is Enough!!!!!

    • Youre view on the homeless is simply stupid. Not all homeless chose to be that way, alot have mental issues. Its not about them chosing to stay in ” la la land” . Please find your brain, before you make ignorant comments like these in the future. Thanks

    • In ancient Rome the physically disabled were beaten because it was believed that they were disfavored by the Gods. As little as two centuries the mentally disturbed were beaten because it was believed that they were possessed by Satan. Today traumatic brain injury victims (>50% of the homeless population) are punished because it is believed that they are lazy.

  4. Don’t attack “homeless” as you are. You wouldn’t say “florist burned down by blacks”, so why say by homeless? Not all homeless people are crooks or criminals. Don’t assume as so. It’s not always a choice, often times it isn’t, and has nothing to do with previous life style choices.. open your fucking mind and stop being ignorant. Look back on the mortgage situation in 2008, and how many people lost their homes then and couldn’t recover, alot of people went homeless then out of necessity, no other options… All because some twit sold them a overvalued house. Your misdirected rage just makes you sound stupid. And not everyone is as white privileged as you idjits come off as.

  5. Love seeing people complain about the homeless this time of the year while celebrating the holy birth of the most famous homeless person, Jesus Christ. They won’t talk about PG&E the same way though, with all the fiery destruction they caused this year. Nonetheless, it’s a sad day to see one of the Antioch’s great small business suffer this fate.

    • Calm down Frank, they sell fire insureance for a reason and we all know there are plenty of vacant retail locations available in the same area of town.

  6. Have any of you defending the homeless volunteered or worked with the homeless?
    I’ve worked with homeless across the county for over 5 years and 90% of their responses to why they’re homeless, is simply because, it’s easier than working. Yes there are small portions of the homeless population that have mental illness or legitimate health problems, but the majority prefer having no responsibilities.
    Please, take time out of your lives to volunteer with one of the many organizations to get a better reality of this epidemic, it’ll change the way you look at everything

    • If ” being homeless is easier then working” wouldnt all of sycamore be homeless too? Your point is false, there are a ton of lazy people that arent homeless, open your eyes and look around…I dont feel sorry for homeless, but to say they chose that is mostly incorrect.

    • Wanna – With your attitude you shouldn’t be volunteering with the homeless. You lack the compassion and empathy. You shouldn’t ask someone why they’re homeless… it’s none of your business. If you’re telling the truth that you’re asking (I think you’re lying) I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re lying to you to shut you up. You have it coming. Learn to MYOB.

  7. No one chooses to be homeless. People become homeless due to circumstances. there’s a difference. Some choose to remain homeless, while others get back on their feet. It depends on the person, as well as the reason why they’re homeless. Most chronically homeless have mental health issues or substance abuse. Or both.

  8. Unfortunately the substance abuse is a result of welfare entitlement money from the working class. Free money free drugs. It’s a viscous circle. This is part of the fall out from rampant growth. San Jose is building tiny homes for their homeless. I wonder how that will turn out. I’m not optimistic. They need to reopen Agnew State Hospital and build a few more like it in the Bay Area.

    • American, it’s called self-medicating. Millions of people do it, most at unmonitored doses, hence overdoses and abuse. It’s a quick fix and many dislike their own use, but the goal is to think upstream and treat the originating problem whether it be disability, poverty, PTSD, etc. Go read a scholarly publication or something instead of having your head in the sand and only watching Fox News; you might learn something.

  9. Paula and her family are such great people!! They don’t deserve this. We’ve known their family for years through Holy Rosary Church & School. I hope and pray they get a loot of help to get the shop up and running fast.

    • Glad someone is remembering the business that suffered the damage. I don’t feel sorry for drug addicted homeless. Agree, that we all could have easily wound up there. Do feel sorry for working homeless and people with affordable housing issues. Do feel sorry for homeless PTSD vets but not any wasted homeless skumbag setting fires. City Council has let this problem ruin Antioch for everyone.

  10. Most would agree with you here. When you live in a city with ” no panhandling” signs at every intersection, its a major issue.

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