Midwest City firefighters stand outside an apartment complex after a blaze that left two children and their mother dead. TIFFANY GIBSON - STAFF WRITER
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.
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.”