INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 22, 2014) — A family is coming together after losing four loved ones in a house fire on the near east side. Two children and their parents died when the fire broke out inside their home on North Olney Street. Two of their other children are fighting for their lives.
“This is not what you want to wake up to, ya know, to hear that and see that, you know, especially when it’s family,” said Gilbert Guerra. “Ya know, we trust that god is in control of all this. and, ya know, we’re just gonna be praying.”
A tragedy like this is something that you couldn’t even think about. But it’s happened to the Guerra family.
“we’re believers in Christ, and we’re believing that they’re in God’s hands right now, so we’re trusting in that totally,” Guerra said.
Dozens of firefighters and paramedics rushed here to North Olney Street a little after 9 a.m. after several people called 911. They saw the fire from along I-70. As efforts to put the fire out were underway, they found the entire family trapped inside. One by one, they were pulled out and given CPR. Unfortunately, four of them were so badly hurt they didn’t survive.
Lionel “Leo” Guerra, 47, his wife Brandy Mae, 33, their son Esteban, 11 and daughter Blanquita, 8, all died. Leo and Brandy’s 14 year old daughter and 6 year old son were rushed to Riley Hospital for Children for treatment of burns.
“Sweet kids, ya know, very polite, ya know? Very quiet, and you know, they kinda just stay to themselves,” said Guerra.
All they’re doing now is looking toward each other and their religious faith, as they cope with this incredible loss.
“Ya know, we trust that god is in control of all this. And, ya know, we’re just gonna be praying,” said Guerra.
So what caused this fire? That’s what investigators are trying to figure out right now, but have ruled out foul play.