Two generations of one family die in house fire

By Brittany Edney |

Published 12/05 2016 10:51PM

Updated 12/05 2016 11:33PM

A tragic turn of events after 8 News NOW learned Monday afternoon two more victims of a deadly house fire died of their injuries.

The house fire sparked Thursday night at a home near Civic Center Drive and Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas.

The fire overtook the home claiming three lives including a 6-year-old child. The little girl's mother not only lost her parents and daughter, but also everything she owns.

Maria Rivera says her 6-year-old cousin Jannely Rivera was a beacon of light for their family. The child’s death made the world seem very dark.

"She was really bright, always smiling. She never had a mad face, it was always bright and smiling,” Rivera said. That's why I can't believe God had to take her away from us."

Loved ones have rallied around Jannely’s mother for the past few days praying for a miracle, but day by day, friends been delivered the tough news of each person's passing.

While fire rescue crews were able to pull Jannely and her grandparents out of the burning home and taking them to area hospitals, it wasn't enough to save their lives.

78-year-old Ignacio Meza and his wife Placida also died.

"When I remember them, her grandparents were really sweet, very sweet people,” Rivera added.

The family's home and all of personal belongings were all destroyed, but even in their darkest hour, Maria says she wants to express her gratitude for everyone's support.

"I just want to thank everybody for their prayers, for everything,” Rivera said.

A page has been set up to for the family by donating, which will help with funeral expenses and simple necessities.


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