Bartlesville residents put on benefit dinner for house fire victims

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - One week after a Bartlesville house fire claimed the lives of five people, a community is mourning their loss. 

Bartlesville residents held a dinner at Bartlesville Elk lodge Saturday evening to help raise money for the victims' families. 

Police and fire officials discovered the remains of 19-year-old Kevin Lomax, 18-year-old Destiny Daughtery, 38-year-old Jeremy Blair, 21-year-old Shelby Sanders and an unidentified 17-year-old male last Saturday inside a burned home. 

The State Medical Examiner's Office shows all five died from smoke inhalation

Those who knew the victims describe them as good people who were close with their family and friends. 

Organizers of the fundraiser say it is important to have the dinner for the victims to keep their memories alive and to help the families get through this tragedy. 

"It's not going to be over when the last funeral is over. This is going to be. It's going to be affecting everybody and it's going to affect them for years to come," Bartlesville resident and dinner organizer Kim Watkins said. 

Police say a sixth person, 19-year-old Dakota Jackson, was at the home during the fire, but managed to escape. 

According to detectives, the fire remains under investigation. 

All proceeds raised from the dinner will be split among the 5 victims' families to help pay for funeral expenses. Plates are $7 per person.

 

 

 

 

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