Memorial grows for child killed in mobile home fire - FOX 13 News

Memorial grows for child killed in mobile home fire

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Teddy bears and flowers on a bed of ashes makes up a memorial and a painful reminder of how fragile life is.

"You're worried about everything now it opens up your eyes it makes you appreciate you're kids even more," said Vanessa.
The fire Friday night at Wolfs' Mobile Home Park on 18th street in Ruskin killed four-year-old Alejandra Carmona.

This morning, firefighters gave smoke detectors to neighbors who needed them, Vanessa said yes.

"I think it would have saved her life if they would have had them there, I really do," she said.

There were no smoke alarms in Alejandra's house.

Her father and his girlfriend, Kristina, were asleep in the other room.

"The whole bed was on fire and I had to get him up and we tried to put the fire out," said Kristina White.

She doesn't know how it started.

Fire rescue says it may be have been candles, used on Valentine's day.

The home was gone within minutes, and so was Alejandra.

Three other children survived.

"We got all the kids out and we tried to go back and get her and we couldn't find her hear her or see her the smoke was just so intense," said White.

Alejandra's father, Monico Carmona, tried.

"He was busting the windows doing everything he could do to try and get his girl out," said White.

But couldn't.

"She didn't deserve this," said Erica Salazar.

The tragedy is felt in another home, 10 minutes away, where Aleandra's mother lives.

"She was so young she was lovable she was always playing always talking," said Salazar.

Separated from her daughter by nothing more than circumstance, Erica Salazar clings to the few pictures she has left.

"I'm trying to keep my head up for the rest of my kids and I'm trying to stay strong but its very hard, its very hard," she said.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue continues to investigate the cause of the fire.

They believe it was accidental.

Alejandra died from smoke inhalation.

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