Benefit Planned for Family of Children Killed in Decatur Apartment Fire
DECATUR, AL (WZDX) - While investigators are searching for the cause of an apartment fire that killed two children in Decatur, the community is planning a benefit to help the family with funeral and living expenses.
State and local fire investigators spent most of Friday searching for the cause of the fire that broke out at 7:30 Thursday morning at West Ridge Apartments on 5th Avenue. They hope to have more answers by Monday.
Investigators do know that the fire started in four-year-old Marlena and two-year-old Dexter Miland, Jr's bedroom. The fire trapped them before family and rescue workers could get them out. Their mother, father and eight-year-old brother were able to escape.
Now, friends of the family like Doris Baker are planning a community benefit for the family. The Miland family didn't have life or renter's insurance.
"We're just asking the Tennessee Valley to feel as we feel and that is we are to help our neighbors," said Baker. "Love thy neighbor as thy self."
The benefit will be held for all three families that lost everything in the fire. It will be on Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer at 311 Memorial Drive in Northwest Decatur.
Baker said they hope to collect money and items to replace what was lost.
A fund is also set up for the Miland family at Redstone Federal Credit Union.