INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 22, 2015) - It was a bittersweet reunion for the Guerra family as they came together, one year after a tragedy on the city's East side. A house fire claimed six members of their family in an incident investigators have labeled as accidental.
Investigators say there were no smoke detectors inside the home in the 2100 block on N. Olney. 47-year-old Lionel “Leo” Guerra, his wife 33-year-old Brandy Mae, and their children 14-year-old Miranda, 11-year-old Esteban, 8-year-old Blanquita and 6 year-old Fuentes all died in the fire.
One year later, the family is coming together to remember the family. Leo Guerra's mother, Isabel Guerra says the past year has been extremely difficult. “Every night I think about them. I cry.” Isabel has a memorial in her home filled with pictures of her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. She says she will never forget the night of the fire when she ran outside after hearing emergency vehicles. "Then I see that it was the house that was burning. It was my sons house where he was at," Isabel says.
The family says to cope with the pain, they've been sticking together. “Some people take for granted at times, the family, but we’re here and we’ve always been together," says Sandra Lopez, Leo's sister.
They're also celebrating the life of a young boy saved thanks to Fuentes heart. Liam Sprague received the donated heart and is happy and healthy. He visits often with the Guerra family and shared laughter and love on the anniversary of the fatal fire. “It was a very, very big loss but that loss helped other people to continue living," says Lopez.