BLOOMINGTON, Calif. (FOX 11) - An investigation was underway Wednesday in Bloomington after four people were killed in a house fire.
The tears were overflowing. Family members devastated after hearing of the deadly fire that killed a man, woman and their children. Happened around 7:30 am Wednesday morning.
Family members identified them as Karina Salinas and Eric Gonzales and their two girls.
The fire was reported in the 17900 block of Santa Ana Avenue, just south of the 10 Freeway.
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Salinas' brother Mauel told reporters at the scene, “We’re devastated. We need to find out more.” And, so did authorities. Was this an accidental fire that happened around 7:30 in the morning? A blaze confined to a bedroom in the front of the house or something more?
When firefighters got here they first saw a woman. She was unresponsive. The incident commander Doug Nelson says they tried to save her all the way to the hospital, but she died there. Then, they found the man and two kids dead inside the Bloomington house. Sheriffs homicide detectives were called in as were arson investigators.
Cindy Bachman with the San Bernardino Sheriffs Department told an early afternoon news conference, “They are looking at this as a criminal investigation. They can’t say the manner of death at this point.”
Family friend Louie Alatorre says, “I’m shocked just to hear all this.” He described Gonzales as "a family man and he loved his family.”
Meanwhile, Salinas described his sister as "a nice person. She was motivated… she had her two kids… she used to work a lot”
The death investigation is continuing.
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