Vigil Held in San Francisco for 3-Year-Old Boy, Mother Killed in Apartment Fire; Family Wants Answers

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    A vigil was held tonight for a 3-year-old San Francisco boy and his mother. They died in a fire a month ago Friday, and the family is angry and desperate for answers. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd reports from San Francisco with more. (Published Saturday, May 17, 2014)

    A vigil was held Friday night for a 3-year-old San Francisco boy and his mother who died in a fire a month ago--and the family is angry and desperate for answers.

    The family has hired a well-known attorney to help them get answers. He filed a request for a freedom of information in order to get answers as to what happened that night a month ago.

    "We've asked for the last time that they maintained these units, the last time they inspected them, the last time that they had any type of trouble," attorney Chris Dolan said.

    They believe the housing authority and the fire department is not telling them why their loved ones died.

    "What can we do? We don't deserve answers? Does their life not matter because they lived in the projects?" the boy's cousin Monique Johnese said.

    The vigil was held on Brookdale Avenue, right in front of the apartment where 3-year-old Santana Williams and his mother, Esther Loane, died in a fire on April 16.

    A preliminary report released last week said the fire started in the living room of the two-story apartment.

    The mother and son were found in the bathroom on the second floor.

    The report also said smoke detectors were not working and crews did not find a fire extinguisher in the apartment.