Akron fire victims honored with balloon launch

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AKRON, Ohio-- Members of the community remembered the seven people who lost their lives in a house fire earlier this week.

Firefighters responded to a home on Fultz Street just before 3 a.m. on Monday. The blaze killed Dennis Huggins, 35; Angela Boggs, 38; and five children.

The balloon launch was Friday at 2 p.m. at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center on Vernon Odom Boulevard.

Daisia Huggins, who has not officially been identified as deceased, attended the school.

Students released balloons, exchanged hugs and shed tears for the young fire victim. It was emotional for Daisia's grandmother and older sister, who were also at the event.

"I was just overwhelmed by the outreach of the school, her principal, her teacher," said Daisia's grandmother, Kari Heldman. "It's just far more than I ever expected."

"It was actually her classmates that wanted to do something special for her. She loved pink; she loved butterflies. So, we said let's do the release of the balloons and butterflies for her today," principal LaMonica Davis said.

No cause of the fire has been released by authorities. Search warrants executed at two nearby homes Thursday were sealed by the courts, but investigators removed a computer, gas cans and clothing from the homes. Akron Police said they have no suspects and no one has been charged.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said all seven victims died of smoke inhalation.

Heldman said she finds comfort in knowing the family didn't feel much pain before the deaths.

"Of course I want to know why and who," said Brittany Boggs, a sibling and daughter of the victims who was away from the homes at the time of the fire. "But at the same time, it doesn't matter how many questions I have and how many answers they give me. It's not going to bring back my family."

The State Fire Marshal's Office said investigators will be working on the case through the weekend and may have an update by early next week.

A vigil is planned for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the scene of the fire.


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