Victims in fatal fire identified

Woman, boy and girl died from injuries
A mother and her two children died from their injuries following a house fire in the 3300 block...
A mother and her two children died from their injuries following a house fire in the 3300 block of Avenue I in Kearney.(KSNB)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 1:15 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Buffalo County Attorney has identified the three people who died in the tragic fire last week in Kearney.

They are 39-year-old Lori Montgomery and her two children, 4-year-old Austin and 2-year-old Emmah. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

The fire happened around 12:42 p.m. Thursday, March 18 at a home in the 3300 block of Avenue I.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the cause of a fatal fire in Kearney as accidental. Though NSFM Chief Investigator Adam Matzner said the specific details of the cause are still being investigated.

When first responders were called to the structure fire in northeast Kearney last week, the house was fully on fire when police and firefighters got to the scene.

Firefighters carried a woman, boy and girl from the house. Life saving efforts on the scene and later at CHI Health Good Samaritan hospital failed and the three victims died from their injuries.

The Buffalo County Attorney ordered autopsies on the victims, and those were conducted on March 19.

A joint investigation is underway by the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Kearney Police, Buffalo County Attorney and the State Fire Marshal.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Montgomery family. More than $25,000 has been raised so far.

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