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Third victim dies following Logan Heights house fire

Posted at 9:03 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 10:07:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A third family member has died following a house fire in Logan Heights early Sunday morning.

According to a family member and a GoFundMe page set up for the family, the 21-year-old, identified only as Iris, died Tuesday.

On Monday, the family’s oldest son told 10News his mother and father, who he identified as Nicolasa Mayo and Jose Romero, were killed in the fire.

The 26-year-old said he awoke Sunday morning to find his bed on fire. The man told 10News he tried yelling at his family to get out of the home.

"My dogs were jumping on me, trying to wake me up. I woke up. When I woke up, my bed was on fire. I jumped out of bed and started screaming the house is on fire," said Wilber Romero.

The fire started around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Clay Street.

"The minute I stepped out of my restroom, my house on the inside felt warm, like really warm. The curtain was open and I looked across the neighbors house was just bursting in flames," said Maria Orona, who lives nearby.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, firefighters had to go inside the home to pull many of the victims out.

One witness who was nearby when the fire started told 10News he could see one of the victims reaching through bars in the windows, unable to escape.

At this time, it’s unclear what sparked the fire, but the metro arson strike team was called to the home to investigate.