Children injured in Phoenix apartment fire released from hospital

PHOENIX - Two of the children injured in a March 23 apartment fire that killed a 14-year-old girl were released from the hospital Tuesday, according to Phoenix police.

The mother and 10-year-old child were scheduled to be released, but doctors determined last minute that they needed to stay in the hospital for further tests.

The apartment fire at the Marble Creek Apartments near 59th Avenue and McDowell Road is being investigated as a possible arson and murder, according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.

Investigators with the Phoenix Fire Department are also looking into a possible accelerant used in the fire .

There were four children in the apartment when the fire started, ages 3 months, 3 years, 10 years and 14 years. 14-year-old Rosa Ramirez Zapien didn’t survive the blaze, and first responders said they feared the children wouldn’t pull through.

The children are staying with relatives as the family sorts through the fire’s aftermath, a family spokesperson said.

A neighbor showed ABC15 a video from inside the apartment.

“Everything is just melted away, ash everywhere,” the neighbor said. “It’s just so hard to walk through without having this emotion stuck inside your body like, this is where they were trapped.”

Those close to investigation have confirmed to ABC15's Christopher Sign there are now several persons of interest in the investigation, but no arrests have been made.

Funeral arrangements are being made for Rosa, according to the family. The family spokesperson also said a Friday car wash raised around $6,000 for the family. 

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