EL RENO - As friends and fellow students remembered the victims, the state medical examiner's office ruled Monday that two people killed in an El Reno fire died from smoke inhalation.
Johnny Joe LeBleu, 24, and Felicity Lynn Chisholm, 16, who was pregnant, died Friday in the apartment complex fire, which also left 43 families homeless.
Saturday, El Reno police arrested Ryan Owen McCarty, 17, on complaints of arson and two complaints of murder. Police investigators said they believe an argument between McCarty and a resident of the apartment complex over a girlfriend was the motive for setting the fire.
Gary McCurdy, Canadian County assistant district attorney, said Monday no charges have been filed against McCarty.
Investigators are waiting for reports from the state fire marshal's office as well as a written report from the medical examiner before presenting the complaints to the district attorney's office. McCurdy said charges may be filed this week.
School Superintendent Jan Borelli said McCarty is a student at El Reno Academy, the district's alternative education school.
El Reno is a city of just more than 15,000 and the tragedy touched many residents.
The school district was no exception, Borelli said, with every school sharing a sense of loss.
Ranet Tippens, principal at Roblyer Middle School, said four students from her school lost their homes. Another student is the brother of Chisholm, one of the victims.
Tippens said the school is collecting household items.
"We still need two baby beds, kitchen appliances, toys and linens."
The students are starting a Links for Love campaign. They are making a chain and each link costs 25 cents. Four teams are competing to see which one can get the most links on their chain, she said.
The Roblyer students affected by the fire are boys and girls, ages 12 and 13. Tippens said they need jeans and "cool T-shirts." Two students at Webster Elementary are Chisholm's younger sisters.
School officials said three Hillcrest Elementary students lost their homes and the home of another was heavily damaged by water and smoke. Also, a former student teacher at Rose Witcher Elementary lost her home in the fire.
Borelli said two students at Lincoln Elementary live at the apartment building just south of the one that burned and they are upset by the fire. Also the daughter of Andie Scott, a first grade teacher at Lincoln, lost her home in the fire.
Each school is collecting items to help the survivors and their families and the district is providing counselors to assist any students who need them, Borelli said.
To donate items for the Roblyer students, call Tippens at 262-2700. To donate other items to the district, call Borelli's office at 262-1703.Archive ID: 734349