Several people gathered Friday night to remember the six lives lost in a Sunday morning fire.
Mayor Aaron Montz, Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens and Tiffin Fire Chief William Ennis all spoke at the vigil at Columbian High School.
"We are always here for you. ... from the entire Tiffin community, we love you," Montz told Anna Angel, the mother of the five children killed in the fire.
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Balloons are launched in memory of this week’s six fire victims Friday night outside Columbian High School.
Stevens and Ennis also offered condolences to Angel, who sat in the front row of the auditorium. Angel, who had been at work when the fire broke out, also lost her boyfriend in the fire.
Ennis said the fire was one of the single, largest tragedies the city of Tiffin has endured.
He explained to those attending the vigil what happened during the morning hours of Sunday and said because 25-year-old Timothy Fresch and children Tiara M. Angel, Stormie A. Huey, Trinitie B. Huey, Sunshine D. Huey and Domonic A. Fresch died of smoke inhalation, they likely did not suffer or realize what had happened.
Tress Hodkinson, a chaplain at Mercy Tiffin Hospital, also spoke at the vigil.
She said she was at the hospital when Fresch and the children arrived. While hospital staff worked on them, she put her hands on each one and said a prayer, she said.
Hodkinson also read a message from rapper The Game, who along with rapper Drake, donated $22,500 to the Anna Angel fund.
"My love and prayers are with you," Hodkinson read. "I pray for you that you find comfort from the love and support of this community."
Audience members also spoke Friday night at the vigil and offered condolences to Angel.