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Girl, 11, survives house fire set by father that killed mother, siblings: police

An 11-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a Seattle house fire that killed her mother, two siblings and their father, who police say barricaded the family inside and set the blaze.

Lulu Ragusa escaped by jumping out a window and running for help, her aunt wrote on GoFundMe.

The girl has “always put her family first” and “took on a protective but nurturing role” with her siblings, wrote Adrea Sloniker. “Therefore I’m not all surprised she jumped out a window with a 16 foot drop to help others survive. She thought she was going back to save her brother & sister after calling for help.”

But her siblings, 4-month-old Valentina Ragusa and Sebastiano “Seby” Ragusa, 7, died alongside their mother, Lana Stewart, 40, and Rosie, the family’s dog, inside their home in the Wallingford neighborhood on Saturday.

“We want everybody to know that even though this was an extremely tragic situation, Lulu will be able to live her life to her fullest potential,” she wrote. 

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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