Clovis house fire that left 2 children dead now investigated as homicide

Published: May. 5, 2023 at 4:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2023 at 5:16 PM CDT
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CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - The Clovis fire that left two children dead Wednesday is being investigated as a homicide.

Clovis police say the children who died have been identified as 1-year-old Esmae Lily Fierro Toscano and 2-year-old Eelija Olivia Toscano.

Both were located inside a bedroom of the home.

A joint investigation by multiple Clovis departments ruled the fire was not caused by any large appliances in or near the area of the fire.

Officials said it is unknown if the fire is intentional, a result of neglect, or an accident.

Clovis first responders were called to 206 Axtell Street around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to reports of smoke coming out of the home.

When officers arrived on the scene, an adult was standing on top of the roof of the house.

Officers were unable to enter the home due to the heavy smoke and fire.

A third child was carried away from the scene.

The state fire marshal is investigating the blaze.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921.

Tips can also be reported anonymously using the Clovis Police Department Tip411 and through the Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.