“She was an awesome young woman. She was real strong. She had a good head on her shoulders. She cared for these kids with all of her heart, and would do anything to take care of them,” Crane said.
“Destiny and her family, us included, wanted to thank everybody who has given donations for clothes, for funds to take care of the funerals, for Destiny to get back the toys that she's lost. She's able to have the little things back now thanks to everyone who has contributed. It's overwhelming, the big response that we've had,” he said.
The state medical examiner has ruled that a Midwest City mother and her two sons died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns suffered in an apartment fire Sunday.
Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Raintree Meadows Apartments, 449 Harr Drive, shortly before noon Sunday.
Maj. David Richardson said firefighters found the woman and two children unresponsive in an apartment unit. The boys, identified as John Brown-Jones II, 2, and Dylan Terry, 4, were pronounced dead.
The woman, Lindsey Terry, 26, was taken to a hospital and revived. She died Monday.
Richardson said all three victims were found inside a bedroom with the doors and windows shut. It appears the mother was trying to keep herself and the children away from the fire, he said.
Firefighters found one child on the bedroom floor. Terry and the other boy were on the mattress, Richardson said.
He said the victims didn't have another way to escape except for jumping out a window. Another neighbor jumped out his second-story window and suffered injuries to his ankles and one of his wrists.
Buying a collapsible ladder might help people prepare for fires, Richardson said.
“Always have an escape plan and have two ways out. Try to make preparations for that,” he said.
Donation drop-off locations:
• The 15th Street Grill, 1204 E Lockheed Drive in Midwest City
• Chico's Thrift and Boutique, 5236 S Pennsylvania Ave.