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Two Vegas families dealing with aftermath of fatal fires

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Updated: 10/01/2012 7:04 pm
The past week has been filled with fire-related tragedies in southern Nevada, News 3's Sandra Gonzalez takes a look at how the survivors are dealing with the aftermath.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --Two fires have forever changed two families, leaving four dead.

The community is responding the tragedies, including the outpouring of supporting for the family of Claudia Parga and Polo Rodriguez. The two, who are married, died after a fire spread from a deep fryer at their home on Reeder Circle.

Two children, ages four, are in critical condition. One is Parga’s son Omar; the other her niece, Celeste.

“Two people in one week? I think that's enough. That's too much for us. Two people in one week, the least people we expected,” said her brother Hugo Robles.

The family has set up a car wash through Wednesday outside the Goodwill Store near Pecos and Tropicana to help raise money for her burial.

She also leaves behind an 11 year old son without parents. Male relatives are trying to be there for emotional support right now.

“You need to cry, cry dude, we understand, we're here for you,” Robles said.

Meanwhile, two other people, father and son, Hank and Mirion Jackson , died in another fire last week near Lake Mead and Revere. Their boat outside their home caught fire. Counselors helped with dozens of students at Mirion’s school in North Las Vegas after the 13 year old died.

“It was a shock. kids were really surprised by the event and reacted very intensely but also very appropriately for the situation. they were very surprised that something like this could happen, and saddened by the loss, extremely emotionally, but then but then worked through the issues very appropriately,” said Rosemary Virtuoso, Coordinator of Student Threat Crisis Response Department for the Clark County School District.

As people grieve for victims in both tragedies, outpouring grows.

The Low Rider Style Car Club in conjunction with Iglesia de Dios Church will be also holding a car wash fundraiser for the family of Claudia Parga on Saturday October 6th on 5000 South Spencer.
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