State fire marshal honors firefighters who responded to Riddle blaze that killed six

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RIDDLE, Ore. -- It's been more than three months since a tragic house fire in Riddle took the lives of 6 people.

Now, the firefighters who responded to the scene are being honored.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office is recognizing those firefighters in a ceremony Monday night at the Riddle Fire Department.

The fire marshal will be honoring the Riddle Fire Department and firefighters who responded to the fire that killed the entire Howell family, except for the father, on March 1, 2017.

Jimmy Howell was the lone survivor. His wife, Tabitha, and five children died.

The fire was ruled accidental and started because of a space heater, officials said.

Howell has since been released from the hospital and the community has rallied around him.

An event held at Monroe High School in April raised nearly $35,000 for his recovery.

Monday’s event starts at 6 p.m.

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