Mother who lost 4 children in house fire offers support now

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A woman who knows the tragedy of losing loved ones in a fire is offering support to the Guerra family.

In 1996, Janie Hall lost four children in an Indianapolis house fire.

She was one of dozens of people who attended a prayer vigil Wednesday night at the home where a fire Saturday claimed an entire family of six.

Lionel “Leo” and Brandy Guerra along with their children, Esteban, 11, and Blanquita, 8,  died in the fire Saturday. Two other children, Miranda, 14, and Fuentes, 6,  died Sunday in the hospital.

Hall said, even though her loss was 18 years ago, it still feels like it just happened.

“It’s something that you never get over,” Hall said. “You try to move on with your life, but you never get over it because you lost a loved one. My goal is to try to do whatever I can in whatever way so no one else has to go through what we went through.”

Three members of the Guerra family were able to donate organs.

Their relatives say, despite this huge loss, they do take comfort in knowing others may be saved.

As for the investigation, fire officials say the family died of smoke inhalation.

No cause of the fire was determined, but investigators believe it was accidental.

Funeral services for the family are expected next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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