An overnight fire in Robstown claimed the life of three people. It erupted shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday, and only one person managed to escape the blaze.
Power was out to most of the residents on Petronila Road south of Highway 44 in Robstown. The Guerrero family in the 600 block of Petronila lit candles to get through the darker hours.
"We received a call at approximately 11:30. A home fully engulfed," Robstown Fire Chief Ricardo Gonzales said. "When the engines arrived, yes, they found the home fully engulfed."
Fire crews put the blaze out in 30 minutes, but it was too late for the single mother and her boys. 36-year old Dahlia Ortiz and her two young sons, 13-year old Issac Guerrero and 8-year old Victor Guerrero did not survive.
An adult nephew who also lived in the home was the only one able to escape.
"Yes, my oldest nephew went through the back, and he tried to open the door. He got out of his room and tried to open the door because there was a lot of fire already," said Tina Ortiz, the victim's sister.
Dahlia's ex-husband, who was visiting family in Mexico, has since returned to Robstown, now having to try and make funeral arrangements.
Neighbors, friends and family members also quickly learned about the fatal fire. They consoled each other during the overnight hours, still shocked and saddened Tuesday morning about the family's sudden passing.
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