DENAIR, Calif. (KTXL) – The small community of Denair was in mourning Sunday night after a house fire killed three people.
Two of those killed were children.
“It was a tragedy to such a small community like Denair. Things like this don’t happen to us,” local resident Henry Alvarado told FOX40. “I felt a lot of sorrow, pain, especially for the mother and those left behind.”
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and firefighters got to the home around 1:45 a.m. Sunday after someone called the fire in.
“Once fire was able to extinguish those flames, we had three people that were unaccounted for,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Luke Schwartz.
Schwartz says the three people who were still inside did not survive.
“An adult male and two children. Two juvenile, male children,” Schwartz said.
While the sheriff’s office is not yet releasing the names of the people killed in the fire, the community in Denair told FOX40 victims were a father and his two sons, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Schwartz says they are currently not investigating the fire as a crime.
Alvarado said he knew the mother was not home during the time of the fire.
“I just knew the mother. The mother looked very different today. There was sorrow, a lot of sorrow today,” Alvarado said.
Even though Alvarado said the people of Denair are not used to tragedies like this, he said the community is always there to help anyone in need.
“Trying to comfort the ones that are suffering. It’s a tight community over here that sticks together. They always come together,” he said.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on what happened to give their office a call.