TIFFIN — Funeral arrangements for five children killed in a trailer fire Sunday have been made, and fund-raising drives are under way to help their mother, Anna Angel.
The victims were Ms. Angel’s boyfriend, Timothy Fresch, 25; their son, Domonic Fresch, 1; and Ms. Angel’s children, Trinitie Huey, 4; Sunshine Huey, 3; Stormie Huey, 5, and Tiara Angel, 6.
Counselors and teachers at Washington Elementary School, which the two oldest girls attended, talked to the students Monday about what happened, said Donald Coletta, superintendent of Tiffin City Schools.
“Our hearts go out to the family,” Mr. Coletta said. “What a tragic situation for them and for the school and the community.”
Officials at the school district are still discussing what else will be done in memory of the girls, he said.
The children and Mr. Fresch died in a fire that ravaged their trailer at Highland Trailer Park at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday. Ms. Angel was working a shift at her job at Burger King and was not home when the fire broke out.
Seneca County Coroner Dr. Mark Akers did not return a call or email asking for results of the autopsy, which was performed Monday by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
Michael Duchesne, a spokesman for the state fire marshal, said the cause of the fire has not been determined and the investigation is still in its early stages.
“We’ve completed the scene investigation, and now we are talking to neighbors and family members and waiting for the autopsy reports,” he said.
Ms. Angel’s sister, Angel Ramirez, said the family had been told that the fire appeared to be accidental.
“We’ve been focusing on getting the arrangements taken care of and taking care of Anna,” Ms. Ramirez said.
A makeshift memorial with flowers and stuffed animals has been set up outside the burned-out trailer, but Ms. Angel has not seen it yet, she said.
“She’s not ready for it,” Ms. Ramirez said. “We’ll go when she’s ready.”
Friends and family members are keeping watchful eyes on her, she said.
“She’s dealing with things as they come and the emotions as they come,” Ms. Ramirez said. “I don’t think she knows how to react to it. We’re just taking it a minute at a time.”
An account to help Anna Angel was opened at US Bank, 730 W. Market St.,Tiffin, Ohio 44883. People wishing to donate can go to any US Bank branch or mail checks made out to Anna Angel to the Tiffin branch. For more information, call 419-447-7133.
Timothy Fresch’s family and friends have set up an online fund-raiser to offset the cost of the funeral and burial costs. More than $10,000 had been raised as of Monday at the family's giveforward.com page.
JoLynn Stallings of Norwalk, the great-aunt of Tiara Angel who was the oldest of the five children who perished in this fire, has started a fund-raiser at gofundme.com.
Visitation for the five children will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin.
The funeral for the four girls will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St. in Tiffin.
After the visitation, Domonic will be moved to Groff Funeral Home,1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, which is also handling arrangements for Timothy Fresch. Details are not yet available, a spokesman at the funeral home said.
There will be a candlelight vigil Friday at Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial at Water and Washington streets starting at dusk or 9 p.m., whichever is first.
Attendees are asked to take their own candles if able. A jar will be at the vigil for those who wish to donate; money will be placed in the fund set up at US Bank.