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Northeast Fire Claims More Lives

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POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 7:21pm

Messages, teddy bears and rosaries are the items that friends are leaving behind in memory of the loved ones who died after a fire burned through a Northeast El Paso home Friday.

Chastity Breceda lived just three houses down from the family.

"Once they heard the news that they passed away, everything started coming. First it was the candles and then the flowers and everything. It was hard for them," Breceda said.

Five people were inside the home at the time of the fire. Now, all three children and their grandmother are dead. Only the grandfather is still alive in serious condition.

Joana Estrada says she saw the children playing in the front yard almost everyday and that she will miss them.

"They were almost the only children that you saw around here. And where there are children everything is happier. I find it very sad that the kids aren't here anymore," Estrada said.

62 year-old Feliciana Matos and 9 year-old Damien Jones died after being flown to a burn center in Lubbock.

But, 14 year-old Isaiah and 10 year-old Albany died over the weekend at University Medical Center.

This memorial is what's left behind to honor the family.

"It's effecting a lot, especially the schools and it's kind of hard for people to know. It's a heartbreak," Breceda said.

Classmates and neighbors came to pray for the lives that were lost.

"Lots of people come and they stop to pray and they stay a while and then leave. Even the cars," Estrada said.

Leaving many to wonder why so many lives were taken from this world so tragically.

"I don't know why it happened to them," Breceda said.

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I feel so much pain and sorrow for the kids who lost their lives. They did not have an opportunity to experience all life has to offer. I work with someone who is directly affected by the fire and knew the family very well. I cannot express the amount of greef I feel inside. God bless their souls. It is hard to loose one person in your family, loosing 4 at the same time is a nightmare.

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