Candlelight vigil

Supporters of the Gonzalez family in Greenville were expected to turn out Tuesday evening for a candlelight vigil to pray for Kayla Gonzalez, 12, and her sister, Joanna, 16.

Supporters of the Gonzalez family in Greenville were expected to turn out Tuesday evening for a candlelight vigil to pray for Kayla Gonzalez, 12, and her sister, Joanna, 16.

Kayla died in an early Monday morning fire at a local residence, while Joanna was injured as a result of the blaze.

Services remained pending Tuesday evening, even as investigators continued to search for a cause for the fire.

Five of the Gonzalez’s 10 children are students in the Greenville Independent School District, which hosted the vigil.

Kayla Gonzalez was a student at the Sixth Grade Center while Joanna attended New Horizons High School and was reported to have been in the ICU at the burn unit at Parkland Hospital.

Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill said the probe into the fire was underway.

“It is still under investigation,” Hill said.

Personnel from his office met with a residential electricity expert to go back over the fire scene Tuesday.

“Since there was a fatality, we’re trying not to leave any stone unturned,” Hill said, adding the expert was allowed to make his own judgments.

“We wanted to see if his opinions matched ours,” Hill said.

Units from the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department responded to the residence at the back side of a business at 2201 Interstate 30 East, after a motorist along the highway noticed flames and smoke at around 4 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters found the mobile home fully involved with people still inside the building.

Hill said his office and Greenville Fire Marshal Jake Papageorgiou are conducting the investigation as to the cause of the blaze and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has also used an accelerant detection dog, although nothing definitive has been determined.

The family reportedly lost everything in the fire.

A Go Fund Me account has been established to help the family.

Other donations may be dropped off at Carver Elementary School, attention Social Worker Whitney Threatt.

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