Man Dies From Injuries In Fire Sparked by Christmas Tree

Couple, Small Child Rescued From Fire

One of three victims that firefighters rescued from a fire at an apartment complex Sunday has died, the Mesquite Fire Department said.

The fire at the Hills of Palos Verdes complex left Leandro Esteban Flores, his girlfriend and their 3-month-old child in critical condition after they were rescued from their third-floor residence. Flores died from his injuries on Tuesday.  

Authorities said the two-alarm blaze spread through 22 units.

Investigators said preliminary investigations have found that a Christmas tree was accidentally knocked over into a burning fireplace on the first floor. The residents of the apartment were in the process of putting away their holiday decorations, investigators said.

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