Mother and two daughters killed in fire

1/10/2012

By RACHAEL GRAY

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

Authorities have identified the three victims of Sunday's fire in Finney County.

Nichole Savoy, 26, and her two daughters, Bryn Savoy, 6, and Madelyn Savoy, 22 months, died early Sunday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a fire at their home, 4220 E. Nancy Ave., Lot 1108.

At 7:20 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the residence and called 911.

Finney County Sheriff's deputies and Garden City firefighters responded to the fire. The deputies and firefighters saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the single-family home, according to a release from the Finney County Sheriff's Office.

Firefighters began putting out the fire, then entered the home and removed the two girls from a bedroom in the home. Finney County EMS transported them to St. Catherine Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Firefighters found Nichole Savoy dead at the scene in another bedroom of the residence.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Finney County Sheriff's Office, Garden City Fire Department and Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.

Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton said Monday morning he didn't know how long firefighters fought the blaze. The residence still was standing after firefighters extinguished the fire, he said, though specific damage to the structure is unknown at this point, Shelton said.

"By the time the investigation was done, it was late afternoon (Sunday). Firefighters were on scene for several hours," he said.

Shelton said he expects the investigation to be completed by the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office within the next few days. He said the office investigates all fatal fires.

"It's normal. Anytime we have a fatality, we notify them for assistance," he said.

Grieving friends and family have used social media sites such as Facebook to share photos and videos of Nichole Savoy and her two daughters.

Local Garden City band members who already had a Jan. 28 concert scheduled at Four Winds Bar and Grill, 1604 W. Buffalo Jones Ave., decided to turn the show into a benefit for the Savoy family following the fire.

All funds from the concert will be donated to the Savoy Family Trust Fund in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home.

The band lineup so far includes Fiz Gig, Guns On Mars, Trevino, Jeremy Petersen (from She Said) and As The Days Die, and more bands may be booked. Band members are asking $5 or more be donated at the door. Starting times for the bands will be announced.

Nichole Savoy was born Dec. 16, 1985, in McCook, Neb., the daughter of Rudy C. Overton and Patricia M. Kincaid. She was a receptionist at Mid-west Body Shop in Garden City.

Bryn Savoy was born Aug. 15, 2005, in Wichita, the daughter of Mike and Nichole Savoy. She was a first-grader at Jennie Barker Elementary School, a member at the YMCA, and a Girl Scout.

Madelyn Ra" “Sissy" Savoy, 22 months, was born June 26, 2010, in Garden City, the daughter of Mike and Nichole Savoy.

They attended Cornerstone Church in Garden City.

Gloria Hopkins, USD 457 board of education president, said at Monday night's board meeting that a letter was sent home with parents at Jennie Barker Elementary School notifying them of Bryn Savoy's death. Counselors continue to be available for students, teachers, staff and parents, Hopkins said.

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