Students remember classmates killed a year ago by house fire in Riddle
RIDDLE, Ore. - Students at South Umpqua High School gathered Thursday on the one-year anniversary of a house fire that killed a mother and 5 children.
Nick Lowe and Andrew Hall-Young, 13, were two of the victims. The fire also claimed the life of 38-year-old Tabitha Howell, 10-year-old Isaiah Young, 7-year-old Haley Maher, and 4-year-old Gwendolyn Howell.
Investigators later determined the fire was caused by a portable heater.
On Thursday, students remembered their friends by joining together for a barbecue and releasing balloons with heartfelt messages written on them.
"Not remember this day as what happened," Dale Wall said, remembering the victims. "Remember this day as celebration, and how they're probably dancing in heaven up there."
The Riddle Fire Department is also holding an event this weekend to remember the victims.