Homeowner Gets Probation After Deadly House Fire
POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:54pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The owner of a mobile home in Chaparral that caught fire and killed three people inside, plead guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday.
Abraham Rodriguez will be on probation for the next four and a half years.
A fire broke out at Rodriguez's mobile home on the 2500 block of Capital on Nov. 18, 2009.
Rodolfo Millan, 17, his sister, Elena Millan, 20, and Elena's one year-old daughter, Aileen all died in the fire.
Investigators found Rodriguez strung several yards of extension cords to run power to the home and bypassed electrical breakers.
Wrought iron bars on the windows prevented emergency crews from rescuing the three victims.
A state district judge ruled Tuesday that Rodriguez's negligent use of the extension cords was the cause of the deadly fire.