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Michigan family remembers 3 killed in house fire

August 20, 2018

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan family is mourning the loss of a 4-year-old boy and two women who were killed in a house fire southwest of Detroit.

Donald “Bub” Ross Jr., his aunt Kaira Chapman and family friend Angelina Baker were killed in the Lincoln Park fire on Aug. 11, The Detroit News reported . The blaze also killed four dogs. Chapman’s husband was the only survivor.

The three were inseparable, according to the boy’s mother Jocelyn O’Harrow.

“All three of them — they just brought out the best in you,” she said. “They were always joking, always laughing.”

Michelle O’Harrow, the boy’s grandmother, said the family is devastated.

“It hurts so much and I can’t fix this,” she said.

Friends and family members have started two separate fundraising campaigns to help cover memorial expenses. The efforts have raised more than $5,800.

Megan White, Donald’s aunt, started one of the campaigns.

“We lost three beautiful, good people all in such a horrific accident and the whole family is struck,” White said. “I think we are all still in shock. I don’t think any of us have fully gripped the reality of it and it’s hard.”

Oaks of Righteousness Christian Ministries in Monroe also held a fundraiser last week to help with memorial costs.

“It’s an unimaginable tragedy that happened,” said Pastor Heather Boone. “A lot of people were just very sad and wanted to help out and rally around the family. There was a lot of support.”

Lincoln Park Deputy Chief Joseph Lavis told The Monroe News that the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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