Family talks about the victims in Logansport fatal fire

We're learning more about the victims of the Logansport fatal fire from family and those who knew them in the community.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 7:12 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 7:13 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Looking at the rubble doesn't make what happened to Ica Vail's sister any easier to process. 

"I have no words to be honest," said Vail. 

The now totally destroyed house in the 4300 block of Pottawatomie Road used to be a place where Vail, her sister and several of the other people who died in the fire would have best of times. 

"It's childhood memories just totally gone," said Vail. 

As investigators pick up pieces at the scene, this family will have to pick up the pieces of their heart. 

Everyone in this house meant a lot to someone in some way," said Vail. 

Ica lost her sister Brandi, two young nieces and a nephew in the fire.

"She was my best friend," cried Vail. 

She used to babysit Brandi's kids who loved their Aunt Ica.

"You could hear them in the background yelling, Ica, my Ica, we're going to my Ica's house!" she said. "I think that's the part I'll miss most is hearing those girls say my Ica."

Joe Huddleston and his daughter Kadee were also killed in the blaze.

"Joe, such a big hearted man," explained Vail. 

Kadee, 10, will be missed by many at Landis Elementary School.

"It's been very hard on her classmates and her teacher also," said Logansport School Corp. Superintendent Michele Starkey. 

The class wrote her letters to say goodbye.

"We also have had students write to thank the firefighters and the first responders," said Starkey. 

This has been the fifth death so far this semester within LCSC. Starkey said it has been such a challenging year but they have been offering therapy to students. 

Ica hopes investigators find the cause of the fire soon but she really doesn't think this fire was intentional.

"I don't believe in anyone wanting to hurt these people," said Vail. 

She said these were the best people.

"They were always kind hearted and always open," said Vail. 

She appreciates everyone's support through this tragedy.

"It's going to take us time," explained Vail. "We just want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts."

Ica said she will let WLFI know if any vigils or memorials are planned for her family.

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