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Sunland Park, N.M., house fire turns deadly; 8-year-old dies in blaze

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Marisa Munoz died in the fire that destroyed the home in Sunland Park, N.M. early Thursday morning.

Munoz was 8 years old, according to Gadsden Independent School District spokesman Louie Villalobos.

He told KFOX14 Munoz and six others, five whom are children, were inside the home when the fire happened.

Munoz was a third-grader at Desert View Elementary School, said Villalobos.

A family member said Munoz always wore a smile on her face and cared about others.

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Julian Duran and Jasmin Valenzuela were the other children inside identified by Villalobos.

Both were taken to the Lubbock Burn Center for treatment, he said.

Alex Treviño who knew Jamin said, "She was really nice, she was really goofy always smiling."

Villalobos said Duran, who is a fifth-grader at Desert View Elementary, escaped the fire with burns and is listed in critical condition.

Valenzuela, who is a seventh-grader at Santa Teresa Middle School, is also listed in critical condition.

Gadsden ISD officials could not identify the other two children since they are not listed as students who attend their schools.

There is no word on the identity and condition of the two adults that escaped at this time.

The community has taken steps to help the family through this tragedy. Some good samaritans have donated a mobile home to help the family have a place to stay.

Others have donated clothes, shoes, and blankets.


Additional counselors and a psychologist are at Desert View Elementary and Santa Teresa Middle School to offer guidance to students and staff affected by this tragedy.

Travis Dempsey, superintendent, Gadsden ISD released the following statement.

This is a terrible tragedy affecting these families in the Sunland Park area and students at Desert View and Santa Teresa Middle. The District will provide additional counseling services at both school as our community deals with this terrible incident. Our sympathies go out to all those affected by the loss and injury to the children and will provide additional resources as directed by our principals at both campuses.




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