Candlelight Vigil Held to Mark Anniversary of Fatal Bridgeport Fire
BRIDGEPORT, Ohio -
It's been one year since a fire took three young lives in Bridgeport, and the wounds are still fresh for the friends and family of Josh, Ruthann and Aubrey Looby.
A candlelight vigil was held Monday as a step in the healing process, and to remember the precious young lives.
St. Patrick's day will never again be celebrated by Josh Looby and C.J. Owens. Instead, they remember the day they lost their babies in a devastating fire. In a previous interview, family members told WTRF.com 5-year-old Josh loved Spiderman, and loved to dance. 4-year-old Ruthann loved to sing, and 2-year-old Aubrey was always full of smiles.
Both parents spent weeks after the fire in the hospital fighting for their lives. The mother of the children, C.J. Owens, saID their pain remains indescribable. "When I saw the fire, I tried everything I could to save my babies," she said. "They were my world, my whole life."
The building was demolished over the summer, but the hole on Main Street in Bridgeport is nothing compared to the hole that's been left in so many hearts. "I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled," Owens said.
She hopes authorities don't give up on the investigation into the cause of the fire. She wants justice and closure for her three children.
The official cause of the fire remains undetermined. The State Fire Marshal ruled there was no illegal activity leading to the fire. They could not rule out the possibility of electrical problems as the cause.