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Posted: 8:01 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
Fire officials said new details have emerged in a San Jose apartment complex fire Saturday night that killed three people, including a 4-year-old girl, and displaced 60 people. For fire victims, Wednesday night could be the last night they'll spend at the Red Cross shelter before they're allowed back home to their apartment complex. A temporary memorial made of flowers and balloons sits at the apartment complex on Bridgeport Court. Bulmaro Maldonado, 56, his wife Mariana and their 4-year-old granddaughter Kyra were killed in the fire Saturday night. A San Jose Fire Department spokeswoman said new details have emerged in the investigation. She said witnesses told investigators no one heard a smoke alarm the night of the fire. Some families who live in the 16-unit complex briefly returned to their homes Wednesday to retrieve some items. One tenant told KTVU the knobs on all the doors were changed and her key no longer works. A note was placed on the doors telling residents they could get into their apartments if they contacted property management. Maria Curial, a resident of the building, said she may be able to get in on Friday, possibly sooner. A sign at the shelter at the first Presbyterian Church said PG&E will do an inspection Thursday morning and could approve the reopening of the apartments. The Red Cross has been providing shelter at hotels and the church since the fire. "All of us are hoping that they can go back to their own homes tomorrow where they'll be comfortable," said Stephanie Charles of the Red Cross. KTVU spoke with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office Wednesday and they said it could take weeks before the bodies are positively identified through dental records or DNA. The San Jose Fire Department said because of the deaths, the investigation is taking some extra time. So far, there's been no conclusion as to what started the fire.
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