Mother Opens Up About Fatal Fire


Champaine Harn and Victor Rodriguez are learning to live with an unimaginable loss.

"That is all I think about, is how fast it happened, and why did it happen to me," said Harn.

In a whisper, Harn recalls the fire that took the lives of her two son's, three-year-old Gabriel and three-month-old Brandon.

"Just hearing the baby crying and hearing my three year old saying mommy in the sweetest voice," said Harn.

She woke up to heat and smoke December 18th. Her mobile home trailer in Maplewood Estates near Maple Street and 129th Street.

She immediately broke a window and pushed one-year-old Adrianna out to safety. She searched around quickly, but was unable to find Brandon and Gabriel.

Once out of the burning home, she was whisked away to the hospital.

Doctor's had to put her into a medically induced coma. When she woke, her first thoughts went to her sons.

"In the back of my head I was still thinking they were rescued and they were still here with us," said Harn.

It was news no parent should ever hear, both of her sons never made it out. Now she goes back to her last moments with them.

"The last night with them Gabriel was so good. We went to the Chinese buffet and he loved it. And Brandon was just his happy little self. That is the last memory I have of them," said Harn.

For father Victor, it's just too hard to talk about.

"All those memories, that is too hard to tell. I am not ready," said Rodriguez.

These parents are taking it day by day. They both tell WOWT Six News how thankful they are to be surrounded by a caring community

"I've read every single card and note and letter," said Harn.

The family is set up in a new apartment full of donated items. As they try to move forward together, they want all parents to know one thing.

"Cherish the littlest moments with your kids, every single minute," said Harn.

Harn will be returning to the mobile home for the first time since the fire on Thursday. She said she will be going with family.

The funeral services for Gabriel and Brandon will be on Friday January 3rd at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the service is open to the public. At 11 a.m. only family and close friends will be allowed to attend.


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