Young boy dies in Dallas Fire at Apartment Complex

Posted on Aug 22, 2016

(http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/390820341.html)

Dallas Family Coping with 7-year old Boy's Death

The family of a 7-year-old boy who died in an East Dallas apartment fire said they are devastated and heartbroken.

The fire occurred on Wednesday at the Solana Ridge Apartments located in the 8000 block of Chariot Drive. Fabian Pena, 7, passed away on Thursday.

"We really thought he was going to wake up, but he didn't. It just kept getting worse by the minute," said Veronica Gavia, Pena's cousin. "It's just unreal. We wake up and we don't want to believe it."

Pena's mother told investigators she could smell the odor of gas inside her apartment before the fire started.

Witnesses also reported hearing at least one explosion before the fire.

Atmos Energy checked the natural gas system and maintains the area is safe.

The family has hired an attorney.