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Candlelight vigil planned for family affected by fatal fire

Posted at 5:01 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 20:56:22-04

LANSING, Mich. — Friends and loved ones of a family, which lost three members to a fatal house fire early Wednesday morning, held a candlelight vigil in their honor.

The began at 7 p.m. Friday at 2007 New York Ave, the home that caught fire at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on the city’s north side.

The three boys, Manolo Zavala, 3; Ramiro Zavala, 5; and Juan Zavala, 8, died from injuries sustained in the blaze. Four other family members were hospitalized.

A 31-year-old man was taken to University of Michigan Hospital in serious condition. His condition was upgraded Thursday to stable. He is the father of a 5-year-old girl who remains in critical condition at the hospital.

A 26-year-old woman, Alyssa Wallace, was taken to Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after the fire, along with an 18-month-old baby.

Wallace was released Thursday and the 18-month old was released Wednesday afternoon. Wallace is the mother of the three boys who died from the fire and the 18-month-old who was released.

All are welcome at the vigil and are encouraged to bring candles, said Samantha Fase, a family friend.

Lansing fire officials have not determined what caused the fire. Officials said preliminary investigations indicate the fire was accidental and may have started as an electrical fire.

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