Parents blame daughter’s death on fire department

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MISSION, Texas – The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died in a structure fire are speaking out for the first time. They talked about that tragic day and legal actions they plan on taking against the agencies who responded to the scene. Ultimately blaming them for their daughter’s death.

The structure fire that claimed the life of 11-year-old Verseidy Hernandez and destroyed multiple homes near Mission in late July keeps raising questions.

Valeria Gutierrez, Verseidy’s mother, “It hurts me a lot that she is never going to have anymore first days of school.”

It was an emotional morning as the parents remembered the day they lost their daughter. Blaming the firefighters for her death.

“They literally let everything fall, everything burn, everything fall on her. Then they decided to look for her. I mean as a mother my mind goes to her poor body being there for 4 1/2 hours through everything.” says Gutierrez.

The family’s attorney is now investigating whether there was any negligence on the part of any of the agencies responding to the fire.

Chris Mayo, attorney, “Remember there was a discrepancy in time. You know first it started with one minute response time, then it went to 9 minute response time, then it went to 5 minutes response time, now it’s two minutes response time. They keep changing their story. Why do they keep changing their story?”

According to the county fire marshal’s office there is no code that requires the county to implement fire hydrants in the area.

“If that is the case and that’s what they’re going to rely upon then i want them to look at the family in the eye and tell them that oh well we don’t have to worry about that because code says we don’t have to do that, that’s wrong.” says Mayo.

The family plans on taking legal action against all the agencies who responded to the scene claiming they were not properly trained. Adding there’s a discrepancy in police reports and response times. It is an ongoing investigation.

The Hernandez family also addressed the multiple fake GoFundMe accounts created using their daughter’s name, saying they resolved the issue and thanked the community for all their support during this tough time.

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