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Colorado mom dies saving children from arson fire in apartment complex

A Colorado mom died valiantly saving her children from an apartment complex fire that has been ruled an arson, according to officials and a new report.

Lilian Esperanza Castro died in the blaze at her apartment complex on N. Galena Street in northwest Aurora around 11:45 p.m. Oct. 29, according to Aurora Fire Rescue and local station KUSA.

Her husband, Jose Omar Benegas, told the station his family was asleep when his nephew, who was coming home from work, called and said that the apartment they all shared was on fire.

Benegas picked up his 2-year-old daughter and tried to carry her down the hall, but flames already blocked his path, he said.

Instead, he ran toward the window and threw the tot from the third floor, according to the report.

He jumped down after her, as his wife stayed behind to throw their sons, 8 and 14, down to him, the station reported.

But Castro didn’t make it out herself.

Overall, 13 people were evaluated by paramedics as a result of the fire — five of whom were taken to local hospitals, according to the fire department.

Castro’s death has been ruled a homicide, officials said. One other person had a life-threatening injury.

The building was rendered uninhabitable and about 60 residents were displaced.

Investigators released photos of a person of interest in the arson, seen in a hallway carrying a backpack and what appears to be two other large sacks.

A $5,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to a suspect.


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