Grief turns to action following fatal Percy fire

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by Diana Zoga/ News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:43 PM

 (KMOV) -- Two and a half weeks after a fatal fire that killed four of five children in one family, people continue to rally around the Owen family.

Earlier this month, investigators say someone set fire to the Owen home in Percy, Illinois killing Ethan Owen, 12, Kailey Owen, 9, and twin 5-year-old boys Brandon and Landan Owen.

Derrick Twardowski was charged with deliberately setting the fire.

Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for the Owen family.

One of the funds set up for the family has yielded thousands of dollars, according to the general manager of WXAN radio. The station set up an account for the family at First National Bank at 304 West Main Street in Ava, Illinois to take donations for the Mathew Owen Family Fund.

The owner of WXAN Harold Lauder says he spoke with Matt Owens this week and informed him that the money in the fund is available whenever the family would like to have it.

There are other efforts to help, too.

Brandi Ferguson and her friend Cassie Harrison say they set up a Facebook page to take donations of items for a yard sale last week. Within hours, people began dropping off donations the women plan to sell this Thursday and Friday at 808 E. Almond in Percy. The cash raised, they say, will be donated to the fund in Ava.

“The only way that we knew that could help out would be taking donations selling them and providing for the family that has lost, not only their children, but everything in their home,” said Harrison.

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