A Colorado mother of three children died in an apartment fire when she drove her children out of the building but could not get herself out.
The city’s fire department said in a press release that a fire broke out at the Aurora campus late last month.
In an update this week, officials said the fire has been ruled as arson and is searching for a person of interest who is believed to be connected to the explosion.
Thirteen residents were rushed to local hospitals in a five-point fire. According to the fire department, two of them suffered fatal injuries and one died.
Family members identified the victim as Lillian Francanza Castro.
Castro’s husband Jose Omar Benega told NBC-affiliated KUSA that his family was sleeping when his nephew was coming home from work and that the apartment complex was on fire.
Benega said he grabbed his 2-year-old daughter and tried to run away from the hall, but she was engulfed in flames. With no other option, he ran to the window of his third-floor apartment and helped his daughter and then he jumped to safety.
He said Castro stayed out the window to help his 8-year-old and 14-year-old sons, but could not escape.
Benega described Castro as a stay-at-home wife who offered everything for her family.
Aurora Fire Rescue said there was a murder secret over Castro’s death and released photos and a Video Of the suspect. A $ 5,000 reward is being offered for information known to a suspect.
According to officials, the fire displaced about 60 residents. The Red Cross is helping to provide asylum. The origin of the fire is still being investigated.