Boy dies in fire that killed dad, sis­ters

Antelope Valley Press - - News -

HEMET (AP) — An eight-yearold boy who was gravely in­jured in an apart­ment fire in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia that killed his fa­ther and two sis­ters has died.

Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown said the boy died Satur­day af­ter­noon, a day after the fire broke out in his fam­ily’s apart­ment in Hemet.

The boy’s 41-year-old fa­ther got his wife, their in­fant and their 11-year-old child out of the apart­ment and then went back to try to save their other children. Juan Moreno and his daugh­ters, fouryear-old Janessa and 12-year-old Maria, ap­peared to have died from in­juries re­lated to heat and burns, Brown said.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors said an elec­tri­cal mal­func­tion on or near the Christ­mas tree sparked the fire shortly after 1 a.m. Fri­day. The River­side Press-En­ter­prise re­ports the fire spread through a com­mon at­tic in the two-story, 25-unit apart­ment com­plex and dis­placed 40 other peo­ple.

A co­worker at Ramko In­jec­tions, which makes parts for aeros­apce, cars, elec­tron­ics and med­i­cal uses, said Juan Moreno was “the best fa­ther ever.”

“He al­ways talked about his kids and took care of them and al­ways went to their awards at school and al­ways was with them wher­ever he went,” Gil­bert Na­jera told the news­pa­per.

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