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Officials continue looking into cause of Ruskin fire that killed young girl

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Mobile home in Ruskin destroyed after fire late Friday night Mobile home in Ruskin destroyed after fire late Friday night
Alejandra Carmona, 4, died in the fire Alejandra Carmona, 4, died in the fire
Fire crews walk around Wolfs Mobile Home Park Monday to install smoke detectors Fire crews walk around Wolfs Mobile Home Park Monday to install smoke detectors
RUSKIN, FL (WFLA) - Hillsborough County Fire Rescue investigators say the cause of a fire that killed a 4-year-old girl in Ruskin Friday night is still unclear.

The victim, 4-year-old Alejandra Carmona, was one of six people in the home. Her father, Monico, his girlfriend, and three other children were able to make it out. Fire crews found Alejandra’s body.

A memorial was held Monday at 6:30 p.m. in memory of Alejandra at the mobile home, 425 18th Street in Ruskin.

Officials said Monday the girl died of smoke inhalation.

Monico Carmona, who was released from the hospital Sunday after being treated for injuries from the fire, said that fire investigators were asking him about burning candles in the home.

“How could a candle this big stay on for two hours and catch a whole mattress on fire?” said Carmona.

On Monday, fire crews went around the Wolfs Mobile Home Park to install smoke detectors in homes. They said none of the 13 mobile homes had working smoke detectors. Carmona’s home did not have a smoke detector.“After he told me what it was, I am like thank God. We were planning on getting some, but he said it was for free,” said resident Vanessa Garcia. “You really don't think about it until something like that happens.”

According to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, working smoke alarms double a family's chance of surviving a home fire.
HCFR still has not determined the cause of the fire, although they know candles were burning in the mobile home earlier in the evening.

“The western most bedroom was occupied by the two adults and that is where the fire started,” said Investigator David Tucker. They could not determine the cause from the physical evidence but continue to investigate.

“We continue to re-interview we are receiving multiple versions of the turn of events that happened,” added Tucker.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family recover from the fire. More information can be found herehttp://www.gofundme.com/6yspl4

(Josh Green contributed to this report.)

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