UPDATED: THREE DEAD IDENTIFIED FROM CHAPARRAL MOBILE HOME FIRE

UPDATED: THREE DEAD IDENTIFIED FROM CHAPARRAL MOBILE HOME FIRE

The University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner has identified the three people killed in a mobile home fire Thursday in Chaparral. The victims were Elena Diaz, 20; her brother, Rodolfo Diaz 17; and her infant daughter, Eileen Millan, 14 months. Cause of death in all three cases was smoke inhalation.

Investigators have determined the fire was caused by improperly spliced wires providing power to the home.
The fire was reported at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, with the first emergency responders arriving on scene at 11:41 p.m. Volunteers from the Chaparral and Anthony Volunteer Fire Districts responded, along with Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department deputies and investigators from the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department.

All three victims were in the back bedroom of the single-wide mobile home at 2560 Capital Drive. Bars on the windows and intense fire and smoke in the hallway prevented their rescue or escape. A man and woman living in the opposite end of the dwelling were able to get out uninjured.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.