Woman Burned In Mabton House Fire Dies
A Mabton woman dies in a Seattle hospital this morning following a fire that destroyed her home yesterday morning.
We met with Luis Garcia, who has lived on the same block of 3rd Avenue for over thirty years.
Over that time, he has come to know 82 year old Germana and 81 year old Marcelino Aguilar very well.
Including their large family.
"I've known them since 1980," said Garcia, "Obviously it's a really close family. They're always together. Every weekend they get together."
Yesterday, Garcia saw the Aguilars being pulled from their home after it caught fire.
"Like second degree burns; most of her legs and over here in the abdomen... And her hands," said Garcia.
Firefighters responded to the home on the 400 block of 3rd Avenue around 9:30 yesterday morning.
When crews arrived, the Aguilar's home was fully engulfed in flames.
Germana Aguilar had burns on over 60 percent of her body, while Marcelino Aguilar suffered burns to his arms and head.
The two were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle -- where Germana died early this morning.
Marcelino is in satisfactory condition.
Neighbors tell us they've seen flames as high as 20 feet shooting from the roof of the home, and were shocked to find out the 82 year old woman they knew had died this morning.
"Being burned that bad, it makes me feel really bad," said family friend Jose Meza, "Just think about what she went through... It was a really lovely couple."
Luis Garcia says he is still in disbelief about what happened, and says he will be spending the next few days praying for the Aguilars and the rest of their family.
"It's really unfortunate what happened over here," said Garcia, "I was just hoping no one would get seriously hurt. But, unfortunately, it did."
Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Losses were estimated at about 160 thousand dollars.