Relatives shared photos and memories of Natasha and Elijah as they continue to grapple with their sudden, devastating loss.
Fire investigators say they found an unknown flammable substance in the kitchen of an apartment that killed a mother and her 3-year-old son. They died of smoke inhalation during the fire on Christmas day.
The fire broke out on E. Evans. Investigators are waiting for lab reports to identify the substance. That could take a few weeks.
It's a family's worst nightmare to wake up with this phone call.
"Me and my kids were opening presents and one of my cousins called and let me know that my sister had passed away."
Natasha Fiore, 25, and her 3-year-old son Elijah Pino died after a fire broke out in their Pueblo apartment early Christmas morning.
Her devastated sister told 11 News Natasha spent her last moments comforting her son.
"She had the couch pulled over her and she had her son in her arms."
The Pueblo County Coroner's Office told 11 News the mother and son died of smoke inhalation.
Arson has been ruled out, but fire investigators say drugs may be a possible cause--something Natasha's family is adamant she would not be involved in.
"Does she look like a loving person?" Natasha's sister asked, unable to hold back tears as she held up a photo of Natasha. "Does she look like a person who would do drugs on Christmas? No, this isn't a person who'd do that on Christmas."
The fire broke out just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Flames had engulfed the three-unit apartment by the time firefighters arrived.
Firefighters were able to rescue Natasha's 5-year-old son and her mother, who were both injured but are expected to recover. All others in the apartment got out safely.
While so many questions about the fire remain unanswered, family members are remembering Natasha and Elijah for the joy they brought to those around them.
"She was always giving compliments, she had a bright outlook on life," her sister recalled. "If you needed her, she was there."
A memorial fund has been set up in Natasha's and Elijah's names, to go towards their funeral expenses. If you wish to donate, visit your local US Bank or Wells Fargo Bank.
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