It is unclear if the home had working smoke detectors, but such structures tend to burn quickly because they are constructed from light-weight combustible materials, Van Elgort said.“You just do not have time to mess around,” he said.At Orchard Elementary, it was much of the same story. They were very close,” said Michelle Quilantang, principal and acting superintendent for the one-school district.The Tuesday afternoon fire was yet another emotional blow for residents at Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park, who are still recovering from the February floods that flushed them from their homes and inflicted costly damage to a working-class community.The victims have not been formally identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.But their families identified the girls as 10-year-olds Linda Van and Uyen Tran.
SAN JOSE — From the school yard to the front yard, the two girls were known as best friends who were rarely outside each other’s company.
Quilantang said staff and faculty received grief counseling Wednesday and prepared to support their incoming students.
Notices by letter and through phone calls went out Wednesday.
“If you think a fire has started, you have to get everyone out right away.” Firefighters initially found the badly burned remains of an adult and a child in the ruins.
Hours later, the body of a second child initially reported missing also was discovered.