ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the hours after a fire destroyed the second-story bedroom of a Southeast Albuquerque home, extended family parked their cars in a row, supporting a mother and father as they waited to hear more information about their 16-year-old daughter who died inside.
Vincent Vu said his daughter, a student at Manzano High School, felt sick and stayed home from school on Wednesday. A fire broke out around 11:40 a.m. in the girl’s bedroom, and firefighters during search and rescue efforts found her body shortly after the blaze was extinguished, according to fire officials.
His daughter would have turned 17 next week, Vu said.
A neighbor, 17-year-old Linda Torres, said she used to see the Vu children taking turns skateboarding, but she didn’t really know the girl since they attended different schools. Torres said the Vus moved to the neighborhood about three years ago. The Vus lived across the street from the Torreses. She didn’t know how many people lived in the house, but estimated it was at least 10. Family and friends were always coming and going, she said.