MIDWEST CITY — Friends of a mother who died with her two sons as a result of an apartment fire Sunday have focused their efforts on helping a third child who wasn't home when the fire started. Stevie Warner, 26, of Midwest City, said she went to Choctaw High School with Lindsey Terry, 26, and the two became close in their junior year. She said they stayed in touch after graduation. “She was a really good mom,” Warner said. “Her kids are her world.” Warner said Terry became pregnant with her first child, Destiny, at the end of their senior year. She said she would baby-sit the girl while Terry worked. Thinking about how Destiny, 7, would have to grow up without her mother, Warner became a little choked up, saying “She's just a really sweet little girl.” Fire call Just before noon Sunday, Terry's mother, who lives downstairs from her, called 911 to report the fire at the Raintree Meadows Apartments, 449 Harr Drive. Her mother and a neighbor were overcome by smoke and heat when they tried to go inside the apartment, Midwest City fire Maj. David Richardson said. Midwest City firefighters discovered Terry and her two sons unresponsive inside the unit. No 911 calls were made by Terry, Richardson said. The boys, identified as John Brown-Jones II, 2, and Dylan Terry, 4, were pronounced dead. Lindsey Terry was taken to a hospital Sunday and revived. She died Monday. Family friend Stephanie Conley said Terry's daughter went camping with her father on Friday and hadn't returned home yet when the fire started. “When I found out what was going on, I was in tears. It broke my heart,” Conley said. “Destiny has to go through this. She's so young and so sweet.” Conley said Destiny has been told her mother and brothers went to visit her grandfather in heaven. “It's hard when you're 7 years old. How much comprehension do you have? As far as what I understand, she's doing all right,” she said. Making donations Conley said Destiny lost everything in the fire, including her clothes and favorite teddy bear she got for Christmas. To help with funeral expenses and necessities for the girl, employees at the 15th Street Grill in Midwest City are accepting donations. Conley said people can bring clothes, toys and other items for the girl to the restaurant, 1204 E Lockheed Drive. All of the money will go toward funeral expenses for Terry and her two sons. Anything left over will be used to help support the girl, Conley said. Rose State College employees also are accepting donations on behalf of Sherri Terry, a teacher at the college's Child Development Laboratory Center and grandmother of the two boys. Donations will go to pay family bills. They can be taken to the student center or the student activities office. Greg Hassell, a Chase Bank spokesman, said the bank is working with Lindsey Terry's family to set up a donation account. He said bank employees should be able to take donations beginning Wednesday afternoon. Under investigation Maj. David Richardson said investigators visited the scene of the apartment fire again Tuesday. He said it has been determined that the fire started in a living room hallway of Terry's apartment, but the source of the blaze is unknown. Mounting holes were found inside the apartment, but a smoke detector itself was not located. Residents and friends said Terry was trying to get out of the apartment with her children but couldn't escape. Richardson said all three victims were found inside a bedroom with the doors and windows shut. No flames made it into the bedroom, but evidence of dense smoke and very high temperatures were evident, he said. Flames were confined to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and hallway of the unit, Richardson said. Destiny's stepmother, Mistina Crane, wrote on her Facebook page Sunday about the fire and asked for prayers for the family. She said during a phone interview Tuesday that everyone loved Terry. “She was just an angel,” Crane said. “She died a hero, trying to save her babies.”
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