The investigation continues into a deadly house fire that killed a Lubbock mother and her young son. The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office identified the victims as 35-year-old Alisha Loftis and 3-year-old Gianni Pollard. NewsChannel 11 has since learned from family members that Gianni's last name is Shelby. The family tells us Gianni's two older brothers' last names are Pollard.
Investigators with the Fire Marshal's Office are still trying to figure out what caused the home to catch fire this morning. Dispatched received the 911 call just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Loftis was inside the home with her youngest son when the flames broke out. Neighbors tell us her two older boys were at school. Now, they are dealing with the loss of their mother and little brother.
"My prayers are with them, and it's just so hard to see," neighbor Shanna Roe said. Roe says she's known Loftis and her boys for some time now. "They've been my neighbors now for almost a year, so I know them. They're pretty close to me; we visit a lot," Roe said.
Tuesday morning she saw Loftis' home go up in flames. "There were big flames in the front bedroom and just real bad dark smoke, and it was just awful, and I knew they were in there, and I couldn't get to them so I called 911," Roe said.
Roe could only stand-by and watch as EMS rushed both victims to the hospital. Later, she learned two of her neighbors would never come back.
"It's just awful to even know something like this would happen to such wonderful people; she was a wonderful mother. She worked; she was a single parent, just loved her children," Roe said. She tells us Loftis had three sons. "13, 8, and of course the three-year-old, she took real good care of her children, very good care, and they loved her very much. She loved them; it's just not good," Roe said.
Lubbock police say they do not suspect any foul play in this fire right now, but they will be keeping an officer on the scene to preserve the area until autopsy results are available. The autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday morning.
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