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TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A 2-year-old girl who died in an RV fire south of Twin Falls was napping inside the trailer when the fire started Monday afternoon, according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.
Cassandra Luckey’s mother, Meredith Menard, had stepped out of the RV and into the house next to the trailer just minutes before the trailer caught fire, said Lori Stewart, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. Deputies and the Salmon Tract fire department were dispatched to the scene shortly before 1 p.m.
Cassandra, her parents, Menard and Shawn Luckey, and her 4-year-old sister were living in the RV and had family members living in the house next door, at 3344 U.S. 93, according to Stewart.
Cassandra died on the scene, authorities said. The cause of death was smoke inhalation, Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley said. No one else was injured.
The family had moved to Twin Falls from Texas just over two months ago, said Taryn Prestin, branch manager of Tradesman Staffing, where Shawn Luckey works.
“They lost everything in the hurricane down there,” Prestin said. “He’s gone through some tragedies already.”
“He’s one of those guys where your heart just melts to see him in pain like we have the past couple days,” Prestin said.
Tradesman Staffing has set up a GoFundMe page* to raise money for the family. The company hopes the funds raised will help with the costs of clothing, food, housing and Christmas presents for the family’s surviving daughter, Prestin said.
Kimberly Nurseries has also set up a Farmers National Bank Account for the family, office manager Sherry Wright said. Shawn Luckey worked with Kimberly Nurseries through Tradesman Staffing.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation by the fire marshal.
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