The cause of a trailer fire that killed five children and a man Sunday morning remained under investigation Monday.
Michael Duchesne, public information officer for the State Fire Marshal's Office, said officials are awaiting preliminary results of the victims' autopsies. Those results, which are expected to be released in the next couple of days, will help determine the cause of the fire.
"We'll definitely have more to go on once that's completed," Duchesne said.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Balloons, stuffed animals and flowers make up a memorial Monday near the trailer that burned Sunday, killing five children and a man.
Duchesne said the investigation at the scene of the fire concluded Sunday, but officials continued to interview neighbors of the trailer at Highland Park Estates Mobile Home Park, 686 S. Sandusky St., Monday.
It was there, at lot 128, that a fire broke out and killed Timothy Fresch, 25; Tiara Angel, 6; Stormie Huey, 5; Trinitie Huey, 4; Sunshine Huey, 3; and Domonic Fresch, 1. Duchesne said although it is still too early to say if the fire was suspicious in nature, nothing yet has indicated suspicious activity.
The mother of the children and girlfriend of Fresch, Anna Angel, had been working at Burger King when the fire broke out.
Pat Boes, manager of Tiffin's Burger King, said the business has been collecting donations for Angel.
"It's been doing very well," Boes said. "But much more is needed."
Boes said some people are coming into the restaurant while others are going through the drive-thru to make donations.
"It's been totally awesome, the people supporting her," she said. "A lot of people cannot imagine or begin to feel for her, so they want to help in some way."
She said some people have donated food, clothing and furniture.
Boes said a storage unit has been made available to store the donated items.
A fund also has been set up at U.S. Bank, 730 W. Market St., to help Angel. Boes said there, people can make monetary donations to the Anna Angel Fund.
Boes, who has been in regular contact with Angel, said Angel is staying with family.
She said Angel is still numb from Sunday's events.
"She's still very distraught, which is understandable," Boes said.
"At this point, she has nothing She literally has nothing," said Keith Hodkinson, who is serving as the family's spokesman.
Hodkinson said the best way to help Angel is to make a monetary donation to the Anna Angel Fund.
"If you feel you want to give, the best thing to do is to give a contribution," he said. "Clothes and household items are things that she doesn't really need right now."
Hodkinson said the Red Cross and First Call for Help are assisting Angel in providing material items.
He said a number of benefits, poker runs, concerts and auctions also are in the works.
For a list of charities for Angel, visit www.advertiser-tribune.com.
Funeral services for the children are scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St.