Deadly SJ Fires Kill Three, Including Girl, 7

There were two deadly fires in San Jose Monday night

By Marla Tellez and staff reports
|  Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 AM PDT
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A fire in the 500 block of North Fifth Street in San Jose killed 7-year-old Mariah Gomez and injured her sister. Marla Tellez reports.

A fire in the 500 block of North Fifth Street in San Jose killed 7-year-old Mariah Gomez and injured her sister. Marla Tellez reports.

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Two deadly fires ripped through parts of San Jose Monday night, the first killing an elderly woman, and the second killing a 7-year-old girl and burning her 4-year-old sister. In the first fire, a second body that had been unaccounted for was found Tuesday morning

In the case of the child, the girl's grandmother, Martha Galvan, identified the 7-year-old as Mariah Angel Gomez, a first grader at Grant Elementary School. Her sister was taken with burns to the hospital, her grandmother said.

San Jose Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said the call came in about about 11:30 p.m. in the 500 block of North Fifth Street in the city's Japantown neighborhood.

The mother and her two daughters lived in a detached unit in back of the main house, where the great grandparents lived, family said. The mother, according to family, went into the main house and when she came back, her unit was on fire.

The girl's great grandfather rushed out and saved the 4-year-old, but it was too late for Mariah. That man also ended up suffering a cardiac-related injury, firefighters said.

The fire was under control just before midnight. It's unclear what started it.

About three hours earlier, a three-alarm blaze ripped through at a single-family home on the 900 block of South Daniel Way at about  8:30 p.m. Neighbors told firefighters that two people were usually in the house.

An elderly woman was located but could not be resuscitated; the other body was not found until Tuesday morning.

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