RIDDLE, OREGON (March 1, 2017) – Six people were killed in a fire that broke out in a home in Oregon on Wednesday, according to a local news source. (map)
The fire started early Wednesday morning just after 2:00 am at a home in the 700 block of East Third Avenue. A family’s fireplace had malfunctioned, and they were using a portable space heater until the fireplace was fixed. A fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, trapping all seven people inside the home inside.
Four children were killed in the blaze and were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 4 year old Gwendolyn Howell, 7 year old Haley Maher, 10 year old Isiah Young, and 13 year old Nicholas Lowe. Nicholas was a foster child, and the other three were the children of Tabitha Howell. Tabitha Howell and her husband James Howell and a fifth child, 13 year old Andrew Hall-Young, were rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Tabitha and her son Andrew were both sadly pronounced dead a short time later. 39 year old James Howell is still in critical condition at this time. James was the step father to Andrew, Isaiah, and Haley, and was Gwendolyn’s father. The accident remains under investigation at this time, but initial reports indicate combustible materials may have been placed too close to the heater.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 541-2111. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.