11-Year-old killed in South County house fire laid to rest - KMOV.com

11-Year-old killed in South County house fire laid to rest

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(KMOV) – Funeral services were held Wednesday for an 11-year-old girl killed in a South County house fire that also took the lives of her father and grandmother.

Maci Gapsch was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital St. Louis on Aug. 28., a day after a fire swept through her home near the intersection of Tesson Fire and St. Simon.

Her funeral took place at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

Her great-grandmother, Georgetta Gapsch, 79, died at St. Anthony’s Medical Center earlier in the day. Maci’s father, 38-year-old Terry Gapsch, died the day before.

Mia Gapsch, 13, remains the only survivor. She was in satisfactory condition when News 4 last checked.

According to authorities, the four were sleeping at a home near around 1 a.m. Tuesday when Terry Gapsch noticed smoke and woke up his 13-year-old daughter, Mia.

He guided her out of the house and the child ran to a neighbor’s home and called authorities while Terry went back inside.

Police arrived to the home and attempted to go in the home, but heavy smoke forced them out.

Click here to view photos of the scene.

Authorities said the fire appeared to have started in the basement of the house. St. Louis County Police arson units are investigating the cause.

The Lindbergh Schools Foundation has set up a drive to help raise money to support Mia. Anyone wishing to donate can click here or mail a check made payable to “Lindbergh Schools Foundation” to Lindbergh Schools Foundation, 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63126. The foundation asks people to write “Gapsch Family Fund” in the memo field.

 

Both girls attended Sperreng Middle School, where a fundraiser is being held Friday and Saturday.

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