Monday, October 01, 2007

Please Pray

The following article is about a house fire that happened in Moses Lake over the weekend. The two children that died in this fire were the children of one my sister and brother-in-law's employees. The man usually has full custody of his children, yet they were visiting their mother this last week and sadly perished in the house fire. His ex-wife is still in critical condition and her new husband also died. I don't know these people, but I am connected in a long convulted road...BUT we don't have to be connected to keep this family in prayer

MOSES LAKE - A house fire on Moon Drive in Moses Lake Saturday left a father and two children dead, the mother and a son injured.

Neighbors reported the white house on fire at 6:43 a.m. Saturday morning. By the time Grant County Fire District No. 5 and Moses Lake Fire Department firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames, according to Grant County Emergency Management Director Sam Lorenz.

Firefighters found mother Sara Villareal and one-year-old Lukas Villareal severely injured. Lorenz said they were flown to Harborview Medical Center. Lukas Villareal was released from the hospital and reported to be OK, according to KREM 2.

Neighbors told investigators 28-year-old Daniel Villareal exited the home with Sara and Lukas, but went back inside of the burning home in an attempt to save two children. Lorenz said Daniel Villareal died inside along with Dante Beltran, 7, and Natalie Beltran, 5.

Lorenz said investigators suspect Sara Villareal may have gone back inside the house to retrieve children as indicated by her injuries. She reportedly suffered burns in her throat from breathing super-heated gases in addition to smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and an investigation is underway, said Lorenz.

Grant County Fire District No. 5, Moses Lake Fire Department, Ephrata Fire Department, Grant County Fire Marshal's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol worked together on the scene and continue investigating the fire, Lorenz said.

The Grant County Critical Incident Stress Management Team was called upon to help support the responders. The team is to support emergency services when they respond to scenes with severe injuries or fatalities, Lorenz added.

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