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State investigator points to arson in deadly house fire

December 16, 2018

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A state investigator is pointing to arson as the cause of a mobile home fire that killed an 8-year-old girl and critically injured two other children in Sunland Park.

Firefighters had responded to the home Thursday and found it engulfed in flames.

Marisa Munoz was found dead. The other children are Munoz’s cousins and were taken to a burn center in Lubbock, Texas, in critical condition.

Initial findings from the state Fire Marshal’s Office point to arson.

Sunland Park spokesman Peter Ibaro said Saturday that Munoz’s death now is being investigated as a homicide. The city is looking for anyone who might have information on how the fire started.

A medical examiner hasn’t determined exactly how Munoz died.

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