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Christmas fire memorial service

Christmas Fire Memorial Service

PUEBLO, Colo. - A community says goodbye to a mother and her toddler. Both lost their lives on Christmas morning.

A memorial took place on Friday for 25-year-old Natasha Fiore and her 3-year-old son, Elijah Pino. They died from smoke inhalation after an apartment fire in Pueblo.

"Anybody who knew her loved her, anybody who had the pleasure of meeting her loved her," says Natasha's mother, Tamara Espinoza who survived the fire that took her daughter and grandson's life.

"I'm thankful for her and for being here, but at the same time I wish it would have been me, Tash could of done great things, Elijah could of done great things," says Espinoza.

Neighbors say Natasha ran outside to warn everyone about the fire before running back in.

"I was sleeping and the next thing I knew I woke up in the hospital. I didn't know she had passed until her boyfriend Nick was telling me she was gone when I asked for her. I don't remember anything. I remember hearing the firemen and someone getting hurt. That's all I know," explains Espinoza.

Although she can't remember that horrible Christmas morning, she'll never forget her family and how many lives they touched.

"Right now it's a celebration of life, after today we're going to make sure nothing like this ever happens again, to anybody."

Police say a flammable substance was found on the stove in the apartment but are still waiting for lab results.

Investigators have ruled out arson as a cause of the fire but say it could be drug-related.

The family insists that's not the case.

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