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MacArthur student dies in house fire

MacArthur senior Rachel Lynch, 17, died Tuesday, December 27 after a fire tore through the family’s home. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. firefighters arrived at the house in the 11800 block of Shadymeadow Lane near Sandy Meadow.
Before the fire department arrived, neighbors used water hoses to try to help put out the flames. Firefighters found Lynch in a back bedroom, but she had already sustained major injuries. She died at the scene.

Lynch’s brother Cornelius, 22, received minor burns and was treated and released from the hospital later that day. Two other family members managed to escape without injury.
Classmates created a shrine in the home’s front yard filled with teddy bears, pictures, and flowers.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.