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Fire survivor speaks out

A teen who escaped a catastrophic blaze at a North Vancouver apartment complex Monday night has spoken out about the deaths of his mother and younger brother. 

Sohail Koshkoye Delshad told CTV his mother would never have survived without her young son.

"If one of them lived and the other didn't, they couldn't live normally. I don't think they could bear with the pain because my mom loved my brother so much," he said through tears.

"She loved all of us...I'm glad at least they died together because I don't think they could have lived without each other."

His mother Narges Casnajad, known to friends as Elham, and his seven-year-old brother Sepehr both perished in the flames. Sohail escaped by jumping out the window onto a trampoline, after waking to his father yelling "fire."

Flames blocked the door to the hallway, so he ran to the room where his mother and brother were asleep.

Sohail found his family awake, and broke the screen to the window. He attempted to get his brother and mother out first, but smoke filled the room and he couldn't see or hear them.

"I thought I'd die, so I just jumped and landed on the trampoline so nothing happened to me. I don't know. They didn't jump." he said. 

Sohail's father also escaped after jumping from a balcony moments before a propane tank exploded. Sohail has burns on his ears and neck, while his father is recovering from more serious burns in hospital. 

Sixteen others were hurt in the blaze which damaged 17 units and permanently displaced 70 people. 

A growing memorial sprung up Tuesday outside the scene with notes and flowers. Officials are still investigating the cause.

-with files from CTV Vancouver



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