Mother, child killed in house fire in Fort Worth

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by MARJORIE OWENS and MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 10:18 PM

Two killed in Fort Worth house fire

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FORT WORTH — A mother and her six-year-old daughter were killed in a house fire early Friday morning in Fort Worth.

The victims were Elvea Arriola, and her daughter, Gabby Segoviano.

A man, woman and the girl's twin sister were all able to escape. All three were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"It's devastating, regardless of whether it's one of my students," said Marta Plata, the principal at Manuel Jara Elementary School. "It's just a child in the neighborhood who was so close to us in the community that we serve."

Plata said she isn't sure if the child was a student at her school but said she rushed to the scene as soon as she heard of the fatal fire on the news.

"If this isn't one of my students, it might be a relative of one of my students," she said. "But this is my community and I wanted to make sure I was here ... so I can support the family."

The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. in the 2600 block of Market Ave. Flames spread to a neighboring home.

According to a statement from Timothy Hardeman, a spokesman with the Fort Worth Fire Department, firefighters were told the mother and her two twin daughters were staying at the home with the man and woman who were able to escape the blaze.

Firefighters reported both homes involved in the fire were extensively damaged. There were no reports of any other injuries or deaths.

The American Red Cross was at the scene assisting five people displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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