KEIZER, Ore. – A father and his 6-year-old daughter who were rescued by firefighters from a burning home in the middle of the night Thursday have died from their injuries.
Miguel Ruvalcaba died Saturday night at Legacy Emanuel Hospital from burn and smoke inhalation injuries.
Ruvalcaba's daughter Brixa died Sunday evening at Randall Children's Hospital.
A 911 call came in about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, at the home on Rozilla Court Northeast in Keizer.
Firefighters said Ruvalcaba and his five children were inside the duplex. Four of the children escaped and knocked on a neighbor’s door. They told the neighbor the house was on fire and that a man and his daughter were trapped inside.
The children who escaped the home are 2-year-olds twins, a 7-year-old boy, and an 8-year old girl.
Firefighters found Miguel and Brixa unresponsive inside the burning home. They found the father first, carried him out, then went back in and found the daughter.
“Their mom was actually away from the home at the time, dad was watching the children,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Anne-Marie Storms.
She said neighbors called 911, and fire crews arrived about five minutes later.
“There was heavy smoke and flames coming through the front door of the home,” said Storms. “Firefighter crews started trying to extinguish the fire while Ladder 2 from Salem fire performed a rescue.”
The family in the other unit of the duplex was able to get out.
Storms praised the four young children for escaping and warning others about the fire.
“Physically they are OK, they did take in a little bit of smoke, but for the most part they are fine,” she said. “Obviously the emotional trauma is a different story.”
“The one thing we do know is there were no working smoke alarms in the home. The time of night traditionally, most people are asleep,” said Storms. “So we have to go with the thought that perhaps had there been working smoke alarms, that could of made a difference.”
Damage is very extensive through the entire home. The cause remains under investigation.
Firefighters said is highly likely the fire started in the garage and does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Ruvalcaba family. You can donate here
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Ruvalcaba family. You can donate here.