Community remembers Bolivar fatal fire victims
As investigators continue looking into what caused a deadly house fire in Allegany County on Sunday, friends of the victims are sharing their thoughts and memories. YNN's Mark Goshgarian reports how the community is coming to terms with the loss.
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BOLIVAR, N.Y. -- "I was numb, I didn't know what to say," said Tammy Willover, Belmont resident.
That's how Willover reacted when she heard the news that her best friend of 26 years died in a house fire Sunday in Bolivar.
"Tina was very sweet, very honest, she had a heart of gold. She's in a better place, she'll be missed," remembered Willover.
State Police said Tina Kemp, 42, and her two grandchildren, Jessica Holmes, 2, and Eric Holmes, 3, were killed in the fire on Horse Run Road around 4:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Her grandson Charles Holmes, 1, and boyfriend Terry Green, 62, made it out safely.
Investigators continue to search for answers as to what may have sparked the deadly fire, and say it could take weeks before they determine the cause.
"The structure was a total loss. It's a possibility that the furnace in the residence, the fire may be connected to that, we have determined that there was no type of foul play or anything like that," said Gulio Giardini, NYSP Investigator.
In Bolivar, news of the fatal fire spread quickly through this small community, leaving many shocked and saddened.
"Everybody was hit by it one way or another. In a town of this size, you will find that these things do have a devastating effect on everybody, one way or another," said Gerald Echard, Bolivar resident.
Like Willover, who's asking the public to pray for her best friend's family, especially Kemp's daughter, Mary.
"I mean she's lost two kids and a mother, so a lot of prayer would help," said Willover.