Sherman toddler dies from injuries in house fire UPDATED

By: Jennifer Sanders Email
By: Jennifer Sanders Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -

UPDATE: A 2-year-old Sherman girl has died after more than half of her body was burned in a house fire on Christmas Eve.

2-year-old Alayda Torres died Wednesday afternoon in a Dallas hospital from her burns.

ORIGINAL STORY:

"It was just a bad weekend just like a bad nightmare," said Margarita Limon.

A nightmare that started early Saturday morning at this home on Brents Avenue in Sherman.

"The mother called just after 1:00 and said her house was on fire and her two year old daughter had been injured," said Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones.

Those injuries were burns that covered more than half of Alayda's body and her aunt says if it wasn't for Alayda's brother Isaiah, the outcome could have been much worse.

"Debris had fallen on top of her that's why she got most of the burns Isaiah did wake up in the middle of the night, so he was a lifesaver for the family because if he hadn't woken up they probably would have all died," said Limon.

The family narrowly escaped the home before crews put the fire out in less than 20 minutes.
You can still see the charred bed spring and a pink blanket from where the 2-year-old was sleeping when the fire started.

"We believe the area of the origin was in the child's bedroom, a lot of heat damage and smoke damage to the rest of the house but the majority of the fire was in the child's bedroom," said Jones.

"The fire remains under investigation and one of the reasons that we're really trying to make sure what happened is because of the severity of the injuries to the child, we want to make sure we can pin this down with as much certainty as possible," said Jones.

Meanwhile Alayda is set to have surgery Wednesday morning.
Family members are just praying she'll pull through.

"We do hope she comes out of this good and she'll be healthy again running around with her cousins but it is a lesson learned," said Limon.

If you would like to help the Torres family you can donate at:
The Torres Family Fund
PO Box 3442
Sherman, Texas 75091

There are also donation canisters set up at:
JR A-1 Hood
Wal-Mart in Sherman
Sunshine Food Mart
La Mesa
El Pueblo
Camerina's
Las Brias
Farmer's Insurance (Agent Diana Salas)


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