by F.T. Norton
Appeal Staff Writer

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April 3, 2007
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Family loses home to afternoon fire

A fire on East Adams Street destroyed one unit of a duplex and left a family of five homeless Tuesday afternoon.

"She was cooking, heard like a pop and the power went out. When she walked out of the kitchen, she saw the flames," said Carson City Deputy Sal Acosta of tenant Miriam Meza.

Meza immediately grabbed for her 3-year-old son, Mario, who was running into the flames to "save his bed," said Acosta.

The boy suffered smoke inhalation and his hair was singed.

Meza was able to get outside where her screams alerted her neighbor in the duplex at 412 E. Adams St.

"She was yelling, 'Help me, help me!'" said Maria Flores, who was at home caring for her 2-year-old daughter, Vanessa.

Flores was able to move her vehicle, but Meza could not return to her home to get the keys to her Mercury Sedan or the family's brand new Dodge Ram pickup. The Mercury was destroyed, the truck survived.

Meza shares the home with her son, husband, Mario, sister-in-law Gabby Morgan and Gabby's 3-year-old daughter, Marianne.

"Everything was burned," Gabby said.

She said the family will stay with another relative for the time being.

"We will have to start to buy everything again," she said.

Flores' unit was untouched by the flames, but the contents suffered smoke and water damage, said Battalion Chief Bob Charles.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames contained to the duplex, though a tree in the yard caught fire, and power lines were arcing the backyard.

A firefighter suffered a minor burn to his hand and was treated and released from the hospital, Charles said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.

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