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  • Bridgeport, Nebraska- 2 children die in fire

    BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) - The bodies of a 13-year-old girl and her
    10-year-old brother were found Monday in a closet, where they had
    taken refuge after a fire broke out in the family's home.
    Killed were Lauren Fuentes and Manuel Fuentes III, Morrill
    County Sheriff John Edens said.
    Their parents - Manuel Fuentes Jr., 42, and Terrie Fuentes, 34 -
    were both listed in critical condition Monday night at North
    Colorado Medical Center, a nursing supervisor at the Greeley burn
    hospital said.
    Two other children, Jessica, 9, and Julia, 6, received minor
    injuries, said Bruce Mitchell, chief of Bridgeport's all-volunteer
    fire department.
    "The dad or the mom must have brought them out safely," said
    next-door neighbor Bob Daily. "The man wanted to go back in for
    the other two who were still trapped inside, but he had to be
    restrained by the policemen."
    Terrie Fuentes told neighbors she had all three of her daughters
    with her inside the house at one point, but the oldest wouldn't run
    through the flames.
    "She said she turned around and the girl was gone," said
    Barsha Daily, who was visiting relatives next door. "She thought
    she may have gone back to try to help her brother."
    "She kept screaming, 'Help me, help me! My children are
    inside,"' said Sherry Dailey, Bob's wife.
    Santos Bedancud, a neighbor across the street, also heard the
    shouts and immediately called 911 when he saw the fire from his
    window.
    "I heard kids hollering," he said. "Flames were coming out of
    the front door, and they said there were still people inside so I
    figured it wasn't good."
    Neighbors tried to help firefighters put out the fire.
    "Some of them were trying to help with garden hoses," Sherry
    Daily said.
    The cause of the fire was being investigated. However, the house
    did not have smoke detectors, Mitchell said.
    "I truly feel the result would have been much different if only
    there would have been detectors," he said.
    The family had moved into the home about a month ago and the
    children were often outside playing, neighbors said.
    Bob Daily said the woman worked at a local grocery store, while
    the man worked for a concrete mixing company.
    "They were a hard-working couple who were trying to make good
    for their family," Daily said. "This is all tragic."

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