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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 24, 2014) — After a weekend fire claimed the lives of an entire family of six on the city’s east side, relatives and friends faced a new week in mourning Monday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department described the tragedy as one of the greatest losses of life for a single family in its history.

Leo and Brandy Guerra, 47 and 33, respectively, died along with their four children: Miranda, 14; Esteban, 11; Blanquita, 8; and Fuentes, 6.  Two of the children survived at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health until Sunday, when they were taken off their ventilators.

On Monday, the Lighthouse Academy, where the children attended school, will have counselors on hand and available to speak with the Guerra’s grieving friends.

Family members and their pastor spoke with FOX59 about what happened.

“We want to remember them, ya know, for who they were and so much for the tragedy that has occurred,” said Gilbert Guerra.  “This is a time of prayer.  We need that.”

“The father was a fighter.  As a matter of fact, he just beat cancer about a year ago, so he was a fighter,” said family pastor A. J. Corrales.  “His wife was the most loving wife.  You could [her] see supporting him 100 percent, all of the time in everything.”

When the banks open Monday, the family plans to establish a fund to help pay for funeral and related costs.

As far as the fire is concerned, investigators do not suspect foul play.  A cause has not been determined.  IFD did not locate any smoke detectors inside the home on the 2100 block of North Olney Street.