United States: Juan Moreno, 41, Southern California, took some family members out of a burning house but died when he returned to save his two daughters.
Moreno’s family of seven is sleeping in a two-story apartment in an apartment building in Hemet City, Southern California. At around 1:15 a.m on Friday morning, the fire caught up and quickly spread, police spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement.
“One of the victims, a 41-year-old male was the father, and he went back inside to rescue other family members that were not able to get out, and he wasn’t seen alive after that, unfortunately,” Hemet police Lt. Nate Miller told reporters
The father died in the fire, along with his daughters, 4 and 12. An 8-year-old boy was rescued from the burning apartment and was listed in grave condition, officials said.
“It’s a terrible situation,” Miller said. “As a father myself, I think a lot of us would think about going back in.”
Another person who lived in the complex, Steve Avalos, said with tears in his eyes that he evacuated his own family but it was too late for him to try to help his neighbors, The Press-Enterprise newspaper reported.