Cause of Fire That Took Two Children's Lives Still Undetermined

LA PALOMA, Texas - The cause of the fire that took two children’s lives in La Paloma early Sunday morning is still undetermined.

A father and his three children were in the mobile home when it burned down. 

The two youngest, did not make it, and the eldest was transported to San Antonio for treatment, while the father is in Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen with nonlife threatening injuries.

Neighbors drove by the house, some in tears, and others in shock.  

“When I hear that something happens I usually expected it to be in another city because usually nothing really happens here,” said seventh grader Pablo Tujillo, one the family’s neighbors on Rebecca Lane. 

Tujillo’s father drove by the debris covered home, and wept, saying he was very emotional and couldn’t speak. 

“It was tragic and I didn't think it would have been here in the city,” Tujillo said. 

The American Red Cross, also grieving the loss, was on the scene of the fire. 

“The mobile home unit went up in flames, when you have fatalities it's very hard to deal with,” said Danella Hughes, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of South Texas. 

“After the family is released from the hospital we're going to go ahead and move forward with making sure they are stabilized,” she told News Center 23’s Marlane Rodriguez in an interview.

The organizations said there are at least five to six fires a week in South Texas.

“Prevention is always the key so having that average every week is pretty high,” she said. 

To help combat the high number of fires, The American Red Cross is having a Sound the Alarm campaign, to install free smoke alarms in homes that can’t afford them. 

 Sound the Alarm is part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held between September 23 and October 15.

The campaign will kick off on September 15. 

 

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