Fire Destroys Family’s Home on Hoyt Avenue
LAS VEGAS – Fatima Cardenas Mayorga discovered her childhood house on fire at 1:30 a.m. The worst news would follow in a few hours: her brother and mother had been seriously burned in the fire.
On Nov. 30, Las Vegas firefighters discovered the residence on Hoyt Avenue completely engulfed in flames. The source of the fire was unknown as of Wednesday, but the house was declared a total loss.
Mayorga was contacted by a neighbor because the 21-year-old was sleeping elsewhere that night. According to the neighbor, Luz Elena Mayorga Sanchez, 56, fled the house first but returned to save her 21-year-old son, Antonio Cardenas Mayorga.
“They’re luckily stable at the moment,” Fatima Cardenas Mayorga said last week, “but they’re really delicate, in very severe condition.”
Sanchez had third-degree burns on 16% of her body, while Antonio Cardenas Mayorga had smoke inhalation and third-degree burns on 20% of his body. Doctors expect the couple to be hospitalized for at least three months and have many procedures.
Fatima Cardenas Mayorga said of her mother and twin brother, “I haven’t been able to communicate to them since they’re intubated.” “Doctors say that because burns are so painful, they’re sedated. I can’t even ask them questions and expect them to nod.”
Fatima Cardenas Mayorga, who works as an information technology support employee for a local computer company, is the only one of her family members who can work right now. She expressed concern about the medical expenditures her family will pay while rebuilding their lives.
“I’m trying to get things in order,” she explained. “Both medical and home insurance are extremely difficult to obtain. Almost everything we owned has vanished… They’re the only thing I’ve got.”
Sanchez had previously worked as a cleaner in courthouses and medical offices. To support her children, she also sold cosmetics and babysat. Before the disaster, Antonio Cardenas Mayorga had graduated from Valley High School in 2020 and was looking for work.
Fatima Cardenas Mayorga has set up a GoFundMe account called “Mayorga family needs your support” to help with medical bills and home recovery.
Credits: Review Journal
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