Family members grieve grandmother, grandson killed in fire

November 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Family members of a grandmother and her 3-year-old grandson killed in a house fire are grieving and looking for answers.The fire broke out around 9:30 Friday night at a home near Maple and Nevada in east central Fresno and the home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Saturday, family members of 42 year old Angelita Reeves and her grandson, 3 year old Anthony Ramirez, searched through the charred mess left behind trying to salvage what they could. The victim's cousin said Ramirez was a smart and happy boy. "He was older than a three year old. He was older-he was so mature and just so crazy!" said Francine Martinez.

Family members were able find pictures as well as some jewelry but the home is a total loss. Firefighters said it appears the home had no smoke detectors and there is still no word on what caused the fire. "We just want to find out what happened," said Martinez.

Fresno firefighters once again rushed to the scene again Saturday to make sure the fire didn't reignite. Around the same time, the family also got support from a total stranger who knows what it's like to lose loved ones to tragedy. Sylvia Escalante lost her two daughters, Ruvi and Anna, in a house fire two years ago. "I just want to give them some support, I just want to tell them how I've been making it through. And if I can do anything for them I'm willing to do it," said Escalante.

Fresno firefighters are still investigating the fire's cause but they say at this point it seems to have been an accident.

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