Arson fire claims life of 14-year-old girl; still no arrest in case

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Police have still not made an arrest in an arson fire that claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl this weekend.

Rosa Belen Zapien died and her family was injured in the fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Marble Creek Apartments near 56th Avenue and McDowell.

Rosa's mother and three siblings, ranging in age from three months to ten years old, remain hospitalized. But officials say they are showing signs of improvement.

More than 30 others were displaced by the fire. Resident Cory Hendrick says his heart goes out to Rosa's family, and that he feels fortunate that his own family was not hurt. "I could always get things," says Hendrick. " I'm just happy my family is okay. There are some people that didn't get to be okay."

Police are still piecing together what might have happened. Officers tell us that Friday night, March 21, officers were called to that same apartment complex in response to an assault, but did not make contact with anyone involved in the alleged incident.

Police did detain a "person of interest" in this investigation, but that person has since been released. However, some of the information provided could not be substantiated. Detectives could not immediately develop probably cause to arrest the person of interest and he was released. However, he remains a person of interest in this investigation.

Rosa attended Marc T. Atkinson Middle School. Grief counselors were on campus Monday to help students deal with the loss.