One woman is clinging to life and five children are dead after a fire in Lebanon, MO on June 6. Alexandra Malleck, 20, whose two children, two nephews and one niece, all perished in the blaze, was airlifted to a Springfield hospital where she remains heavily sedated and is receiving treatment for smoke inhalation second-degree and third-degree burns including a skin grafting surgery on June 8 during which doctors removed her damaged skin and transplanted new tissue. Her family has told local media that she will also need reconstructive surgery.
On the day of the fire, Malleck had agreed to babysit her nephews and niece and brought her two children to her brother-in-law Kelley Hunt’s house, in the 1100 block of Ivey Lane, early in the morning so she would be there when hunt left for work at 5:45 a.m., a family member told local the Kansas City Star. The family believes everyone was asleep when the fire started.
Hunt who was told at work that there was a family emergency arrived at home to see his a mass of fire trucks and his house ablaze. He was told his children were at the hospital and raced there only to be told they were not there. When he returned home, officers broke the tragic news.
Days after the fire, Hunt was still in disbelief, hoping to be told that none of it was true, he told local media
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses for Alexandra “Allie” Malleck and funeral expenses for her children Patience (6 months) and Andre (18 months). Another GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses for Benjamin (1), Maeanna (2) and Ethan Hunt (5). A memorial fund has been established for all five children at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon Mo.
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