Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Deadly Fire

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FORT DODGE, Iowa -- A makeshift memorial sits in front of the home where three people lost their lives Sunday afternoon.

The three crosses are for 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her 6-month-old son, Bryce and another little boy, 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy. They died after being trapped in a house fire at 703 4th Avenue North.

“I'm just sorry for Amy and my other grandson, Joseph, and her baby, Bryce,” said Bonita Urich.

Urich’s daughter, Ashley, almost didn’t make it out alive of the home they rented with Devlin. Ashley Urich, her fiance, Lucas Osborne, and their 9-month-old son are in the burn unit in Iowa City.

“The flames went so fast, she barely got downstairs that the flames hit her in the face and she passed out and dropped her son right at the end of the stairs,” said Urich.

Osborne and his cousin pulled Urich, their baby and older son to safety. When they ran back inside to rescue the three trapped upstairs, firefighters say there was nothing anyone could do.

“Anytime theres' a life at risk, our firefighters go above and beyond and it was frustrating that we could not get in to effect a rescue,” said Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett.

Fanned by strong winds, the fire engulfed the nearly 100-year-old home.

“With the severe fire conditions, we fear they were already deceased by the time we got on scene,” said Hulett.

The Fort Dodge community is holding a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fire.

You can help the survivors by donating to the go fund me account, 'Help Ashley Urich and Lucas Osborne'. The family lost three pets and everything they owned in the fire.

2 comments

  • Nancy Kelly

    I sure hope more people placed teddy bears or flowers as a memorial for this poor family (it was sad to see such a small amount when they aired this story on WHO last night). I would if I was not so far away…

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