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3 boys killed, 4 others injured in Lansing house fire

2 adults, 2 children seriously injured

LANSING, Mich. – Three boys were killed and four others -- two children and two young adults -- were injured Wednesday in a Lansing house fire.

Lansing firefighters were called at 1:33 a.m. Wednesday to a home in the 2000 block of New York Street on Lansing’s north side, officials said.

Crews said they arrived to find an intense fire on the first and second floors of the house.

Firefighters at the scene of a house fire on New York Street in Lansing on Oct. 30, 2019.
Firefighters at the scene of a house fire on New York Street in Lansing on Oct. 30, 2019. (WDIV)

There were injured family members outside the home, officials said. They told firefighters three children were still inside the house.

All three children were removed from the house and transported to the hospital, along with the four injured family members, according to authorities.

Three boys -- Manolo Zavala, 3; Ramiro Zavala, 5; and Juan Zavala, 8 -- died from their injuries, medical officials said.

Manolo Zavala (left), Ramiro Zavala (middle) and Juan Zavala (right) were killed Oct. 30, 2019, in a house fire on New York Street in Lansing.
Manolo Zavala (left), Ramiro Zavala (middle) and Juan Zavala (right) were killed Oct. 30, 2019, in a house fire on New York Street in Lansing. (WDIV)

“I was handed a kid -- I would estimate like 5 or 6 years old,” neighbor Stephanie Walter said. “I held her for a minute until my husband came and the professionals came and were able to help her properly.”

The other four people inside the home were transported to hospitals with serious injuries, authorities said.

An 18-month-old was taken to Sparrow Hospital and is stable, officials said.

A 5-year-old girl was taken to Sparrow Hospital and transferred to University of Michigan Hospital in critical condition, according to authorities.

A 26-year-old woman was taken to Sparrow Hospital and is stable, police said.

A 31-year-old man was taken to Sparrow Hospital and transferred to the U of M Hospital Burn Center, officials said. His condition was not revealed.

A house fire on New York Street in Lansing left three boys dead and four people injured on Oct. 30, 2019.
A house fire on New York Street in Lansing left three boys dead and four people injured on Oct. 30, 2019. (WDIV)

“We are all devastated about the loss of these wonderful young children, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family members recovering in the hospital at this time,” said Dr. Mark Coscarella, the acting superintendent of the Lansing School District, in a statement.

The family’s dog was also killed in the fire, police said.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

No firefighters were injured.

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A house fire on New York Street in Lansing left three boys dead and four people injured on Oct. 30, 2019.
A house fire on New York Street in Lansing left three boys dead and four people injured on Oct. 30, 2019. (WDIV)

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