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      House fire claims life of 7-year-old girl north of Palmview

      Authorities are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl and left five members of her family in the hospital.

      It all happened at a home off Bentsen Palm Drive and 3 Mile Line early Friday morning.

      The Hidalgo County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fatal fire.

      Investigators said a family of six, including two adults and four children from 7 to 17 years old, lived in the home.

      The couple's 7-year-old daughter was killed in the fire while the others were all rushed to the hospital, some of them with burns.

      Action 4 News has learned that one of the family's sons was taken to a hospital in San Antonio due to the severity of his burns.

      Investigators are sifting through debris to determine what caused the fire.

      La Joya ISD officials confirmed that the 7-year-old girl was a student at the nearby Americo Paredes Elementary School.

      The school district is providing counseling services to students and staff while the group Friends of La Joya ISD will soon starting accepting donations for the girl's family.

      Donations are currently being accepted for the family at: La Joya ISD Public Information Center201 E. Expressway 83, La Joya, TX, 78560

      The following are the sizes for the family members: Palmview High School student:Female, Pant size - 12, Shirt size - M, Shoe size - 7.5

      Palmview HS:Male Pant size - 16, Shirt size - YS, Shoe size - 8

      Memorial Middle School student:Male, Pant size - 14, Shirt size - YM, Shoe size - 7.5

      Mother:Pant Size - 13 Shirt Size - XL Shoe Size - 9.5

      Grandmother:Pants Size - 9 Shirt Size - L Shoe Size - 7.5

      The viewing will take place at Riveral Funeral Home in Mission from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

      The family is in need of donations after losing their home.

      People are asked to donate at La Joya Credit Union under the name Alma Rosa Fuentes.

      La Joya ISD Statement

      On the morning of February 14, 2014, La Joya ISD woke up to the news of the passing of one if its jewels, a first grade student at Americo Paredes Elementary, only 7 years of age. The district will not confirm the identity of the student until law enforcement officials have done so. Any information about the nature of the case will be handled through normal law enforcement protocol. La Joya ISD would like to express its deepest condolences to the family of our student in this distressing time. We are poised to offer our help at this time of need, and our counseling services have been extended to both the family and classmates of the student. We invite the community to follow our Facebook Page Friends of La Joya ISD, as we begin to identify needs of the family and post what donations we will pick up on their behalf.