Fire investigators in Tahoka say an electrical problem was the likely cause of a house fire on South Second Street that left an 8-year-old girl dead.
Investigators say Laela Duran was asleep in her bedroom when the fire broke out Thursday night.
Fire crews believe the fire started in the kitchen and may have been sparked by an electrical problem behind the refrigerator. Duran was found in her bedroom, unresponsive, under the bed. Investigators say she died at the scene of smoke inhalation. They don't believe there were any smoke detectors in the home.
Duran's father was treated for injuries suffered while trying to save his daughter from the fire. The State Fire Marshal's Office has not yet released the results of their investigation.
Duran was a second grader at Tahoka Elementary. There are counselors on hand at the school to help her fellow classmates cope with the loss.
Tahoka ISD Superintendent Steve Burleson said, "She was a very outgoing young lady - very friendly and everybody liked to be around her. Students at the high school have already started talking about a fundraiser."
Funeral services for Laele will be today at 10am at the Tahoka High School Gymnasium. A fund has been set up in Laela Duran's name at First National Bank in Tahoka and at First United Bank in Lubbock at 66th & Frankford.
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