Devastating fire claims second victim
Memorial arrangements announced by family
By Beth Sergent email@example.com
POINT PLEASANT — A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in Saturday’s devastating house fire in Point Pleasant.
Tiffany Grant, 26, Point Pleasant, died Monday evening at Cabell Huntington Hospital, according to a spokesperson from her family. Grant was the adult daughter of Bill and LaTanya Smith. The Smith’s lost another child, Braxton, 11, over the weekend after he was also injured in the fire. Another 14-year old son was critically injured and remains hospitalized in a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Late Tuesday evening, the family announced it would have a celebration of life for both Tiffany and Braxton on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., at the Point Pleasant High School Auditorium. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
As word spread throughout the community about Tiffany’s death, another outpouring of support for the Smith family began to be expressed, especially on social media. Offers of help and benefits continue to be scheduled across Mason and Gallia counties.
So far, the Point Pleasant Register has been notified of the following events:
A benefit concert for the Smith family is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School. More information to follow according to organizers. A spaghetti dinner will be held noon - 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 at PPJ/SHS.
Memorial red ribbons are being sold to benefit the family at Four Season’s Florist and Fruth Pharmacy. Tom Tom’s will be donating 10 percent from sales on Wednesday and Thursday this week for the Smiths and have also set up a donation bucket. This Friday and Saturday, Bob Evans in Mason is donating 15 percent of sales to the Smith family. There are also reportedly memorial t-shirts being made by private citizens for sale to benefit the family though those details are still being worked out.
Tickets are being sold for $1 for a chance at a prize drawing for gift certificates from Honey Creek Barbecue in Gallia County, a $20 gift certificate from the Treasure Cove in Gallia County, large pizza from Zach and Scotty’s, two tickets to a show from the French Art Colony Riverby Theater Guild, two sashay scarves, a gift certificate for cheesecake stuffed strawberries and one pound of peanut butter fudge from Sweet Addictions. The prize package is growing everyday and tickets can be purchased at the Treasure Cove, Honey Creek Barbecue and at a special bake sale being held this Saturday in the parking lot of K-Mart in Gallipolis, Ohio sponsored by Sweet Addictions Bakery. A drawing for the winner will be held at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 25.
Of course, as previously reported, Peoples Bank set up a special benefit fund to assist the Smiths with donations of cash and checks being accepted at any Peoples Bank location in the area. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go toward the family’s recovery. For information on donating to this fund, call 1-800-374-6123.
The fire, which destroyed the Smith’s home in Point Pleasant, is under investigation by the office of West Virginia State Fire Marshal. A call to the state fire marshal’s office about a status update on the investigation was not immediately returned by press time on Tuesday.
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