Investigation Continues Into Fire That Killed 2 Young Sisters in Pompano Beach - NBC 6 South Florida

Investigation Continues Into Fire That Killed 2 Young Sisters in Pompano Beach

BSO officials said the girls' mother, 23-year-old Jocelyn Melendez, left her daughters in the care of her 15-year-old sister

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    Parents Denied Custody of Boy Whose Sisters Died in Fire

    Two parents were denied custody of a 2-year-old boy whose sisters died in a house fire. NBC 6's Dan Grossman reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    Neighbors and investigators are still searching for answers following the deaths of two young girls in Pompano Beach over the weekend after a fire swept through their home.

    Broward Sheriff's Office officials say 5-month-old Abigail Espinoza and 5-year-old Sofia Melendez were killed in Saturday's fire at the Banyan Club Apartments at 1830 Northeast 48th Street.

    Loved ones gathered Monday night to pray and say their last goodbyes in a vigil at the apartment complex.

    "They were adorable," said neighbor Steven Fortuna. "As everybody else I cried. You can’t do anything but cry. I can’t explain it. It’s a future loss. It’s a doctor, a teacher. We lost the future."

    Tribute for Sisters Killed in House Fire

    [MI] Tribute for Sisters Killed in House Fire

    Neighbors gathered to pray and honor for nighttime vigil for the two sisters who tragically died in a house fire. NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia reports.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Neighbors also held a vigil Sunday night for the girls, whose bodies were found in their apartment after firefighters extinguished the early morning fire.

    "Too hard, too sad," neighbor Leticia Lopez told NBC 6.

    BSO officials said the girls' mother, 23-year-old Jocelyn Melendez, left her daughters and 2-year-old son in the care of her 15-year-old sister while she went to work. The teen left the girls alone, but had the 2-year-old with her.

    Family Mourning 2 Girls Killed in House Fire

    [MI] Family Mourning 2 Girls Killed in House Fire

    Loved ones mourned two young girls who died over the weekend in a house fire in Pompano Beach. NBC 6's Dan Grossman reports.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Numerous residents who were at home when the fire broke out Saturday morning say the smoke alarms didn’t go off until it was too late. Neighbors also said another woman lived in the apartment with her child but they were not home.

    Detectives have not released a cause of the fire but said it remains under investigation.

    The property management company, CMC Management said they are in charge of the fire alarms and electrical connections. They say they passed a fire inspection in June, but that has not been verified by NBC 6. The company says they are releasing a statement later Monday.

    Sisters Killed in Pompano Beach House Fire

    [MI] Sisters Killed in Pompano Beach House Fire

    NBC 6's Arlene Borenstein has more as officials investigate how the blaze started that took the lives of two youngsters.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    The mother of the girls will see a judge Tuesday about custody of her 2-year-old son.

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