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Edinburg House Fire 'Suspicious,' Chief Says

The Monitor

May 19, 2011

Edinburg house fire ‘suspicious,’ chief says Source: The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) Publication date: 2011-05-19

McAllen, Texas — No one was home when a house caught fire in two separate places Wednesday night, officials said.

Edinburg firefighters responded to the blaze on the 7700 block of North Doolittle Road shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters in at least seven fire engines at the scene put out most of the fire within an hour.

Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider said nobody was home when the fire started in two places inside a bedroom.

“It’s suspicious at this point,” he said.

No injuries were reported following the blaze. Hidalgo County Fire Marshals will work to identify what caused the fire.

Pale smoke wafted through the orange moonlight shining over the neighborhood late Thursday night.

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Manuel Enrique Martinez put his arm around his crying mother. Martinez, 14, said he was with his family at HEB when an aunt called to say their house was on fire.

Standing outside the family’s wraught iron fence, he said he didn’t know what to think, only that he felt sad and scared.

“I just lost everything I had,” Martinez said.

His mother, Nancy Cantu, 42, could only weep as she waited for the OK to go inside and see the damage firsthand. She worried about the family’s two cats that were inside.

Before stopping at the supermarket, Cantu said her family had just picked up her daughter at the airport, who had just returned home from California, where she attends college.

“I told her it was going to be tranquil,” Cantu said in Spanish as she wept.

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