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Community mourns the loss of two girls in house fire

Courtesy Photo Avery, 12, and Rayven Soto, 15, pictured above, perished in a house fire on Tuesday, March 30.

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Avery, 12, and Rayven Soto, 15, pictured above, perished in a house fire on Tuesday, March 30.

Two young girls perished in a house fire last week, bringing the community together to rally around the family.
The Post Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 100 block to North G Place at 4:39 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, where they found a trailer home engulfed in flames.
Living in the home was Amanda Soto, her three daughters and an uncle. At the time of the fire, 15-year-old Rayven and 12-year-old Avery were the only individuals at the home. Soto was at work while her 13-year-old daughter, Ariel, had been picked up at school by a relative and was on the way home.
Unable to escape the burning structure, the girls’ remains were recovered after the fire was extinguished and taken to Lubbock for autopsies as ordered by Justice of the Peace Gordon Terry.
“The official autopsy reports showed the two sisters died from smoke inhalation,” Garza County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Thomas Taylor said. “The State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the incident along with an Xcel investigator. The home had water and electricity but did not currently have gas service to the home.”

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The Post Dispatch/Voda Beth Gradine Remains of the Soto home which was destroyed by fire.

The Post Dispatch/Voda Beth Gradine
Remains of the Soto home which was destroyed by fire.

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