Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 6:12 PM
ROBSTOWN -- A mother and her two sons died overnight in a house fire in Robstown.
The fire broke out sometime before 11:30, and by the time fire crews arrived, the home was engulfed.
Fire investigators believe it all may have started with a candle.
The woman's ex-husband was in Mexico when he found out about the fire.
36-year-old Davila Guerrero and her two sons, Isaac and Victor died before fire crews could get to them.
"They were a good family, I don't understand what happened," said longtime neighbor Esmerelda Saenz, her father called 911 to report the fire.
Neighbors say power went out on their street around 9:30 last night, Guerrero's sister says she told her she was lighting candles because of the outage.
Firefighters believe that may have caused this deadly fire.
Guerrero's nephew, Gabino Arvizu, did make it out alive. He tells us he tried banging on the windows and tried putting the flames out with a water hose before fire crews arrived, but the home was already engulfed.
The boys' cousin, 12-year-old Damien Rodriguez stayed home from school today, we met him outside the house as he came with his mother to leave a teddy bear.
"The last time I saw them was on New Years, we popped fireworks on the ranch," said Rodriguez.
Neighbor Esmerelda Saenz tells us 12-year-old Isaac played in the band at school, her 6-year-old often played with his younger brother, 8-year-old Victor.
Now, she struggles to explain to him the sudden loss of an entire family. "He was just asking about what happened, but we didn't know until this morning when we turned on the TV that they passed away," said Saenz.
Guerrero was doing the best she could to provide her sons a good life. "She was a single mom and she had barely gotten through a divorce and raising her two kids and struggling through life," Saenz said.
Many in this small community are now struggling to understand this tragedy.
"Its heartbreaking, all three of them, its really heartbreaking. They had a lot of people that loved them," said another family member.
The Guerrero family did not have insurance on the home, their extended family has set up a fund at Navy Army to help with burial expenses.
They're also asking for donations for Arvizu, the nephew who survived, the fire burned everything he had.Services for Dalia Ortiz Guerrero, Victor Guerrero and Isaac Guerrero will take place at Ramon Funeral Home, 800 Lincoln Avenue, Robstown, Texas.
Visitation is Thursday from 3-9 pm. A rosary will be held the same day starting at 7 p.m. Funeral mass is Friday at 10 am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown with burial to follow at Robstown Memorial Park.
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