Relatives of Girl Killed From House Fire Speak Out
POSTED: Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 10:54pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 8:53pm
EL PASO--- Relatives of the Olivo family, who lost their daughter and home to a fire in the Lower Valley, spoke out for the first time Saturday.
We met the family at a fundraiser being held at the Walgreen's near Zaragosa and North Loop, hoping to raise funds so the family
"These are the types of situations you don't think can happen to you. And they do hit home," said Joe Oliva, whose two sisters were caught in the fire.
Stephanie, 19, and Melissa, 16, were inside their home on Cuernavaca when a fire ripped through last month.
Stephanie passed away from smoke inhalation days later.
Melissa was sent to the Lubbock Burn Center and is back in El Paso, but is still having to deal with what happened.
"She's also very strong. She's a God-fearing little girl. She has also amazed me and all the family with everything she's gone through," said her uncle, Jesus Olivo.
"These kind of situations I think me and the whole family discovered a strength we didn't know we had," said Joe.
They say the community has helped their family strong through their donations and words of comfort.
"Not until you're on the other side of the situation do you see and feel the prayers and support of a community. It's great to live here in El Paso," said Jesus.
Joe just hopes the community takes one message home to their families.
"Value your loved ones, because things can change from one minute to the next," he said.
The family is also dealing with questions still left unanswered about the fire.
No cause has been determined.
The family hired investigators from outside El Paso to look at the damage.