Families Receive Funeral Costs Aid for W. Franklin Fire

We’re learning more about last week’s deadly apartment fire on W. Franklin St. in Evansville.

Here is one of many 911 calls from the scene.

Dispatch: 911?”
Caller: You have people upstairs in a house fire, a baby. There on Franklin, two adults, a body upstairs, fully engulfed structure. You might want to send an extra unit because they got them upstairs in the top apartment.”

Representatives from the Pigeon Township Trustees Office tell Eyewitness News family members of two of the three people who died in the fire are receiving assistance to pay for the funerals.

Officials say they’ve paid the maximum amount for both burials, which covers cremation and memorial services.

However, representatives from Alexander Funeral Home say the family opted out of cremation and will bury 28-year-old Keri Jones and her 3-year-old daughter, Jazmine. They say they spoke with the family yesterday and everything has been taken care of.

The funerals are planned for Monday. Both are expected to be buried at Locust Hill Cemetary.

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