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2 more fire victims released from hospital

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Of the six victims injured in Monday morning’s fire in Frankfort, four have now been released from their respective hospitals.

The fire claimed the life of Jason Trail Sr., 39. After being rescued from the blaze by firefighters and lifelined to Ezkenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Trail perished at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Two of the four children injured, 12- and 13-year old girls, were treated Monday and released. On Friday Kirby announced that the adult female and 14-year-old boy also had been released.

The five-year-old boy still is being treated at Riley Hospital at IU Health in Indianapolis, Kirby said.

An account has been established at Lafayette Bank & Trust and First Merchants Bank for monetary contributions from anyone wishing to help the Trail family. Donors can visit any Lafayette Bank & Trust or First Merchants Bank branch.

Those donating can be listed with their names or be included anonymously, depending on their preference. Checks should be made payable to either Lafayette Bank & Trust or Merchants Bank with “Trail Family” put on the memo line of the check. 

Money, rather than actual items, is most needed at this time.

“Through the community’s generosity, the family has been overwhelmed with donations of household and clothing items but has requested everyone hold off on making additional contributions of this type right now,” Kirby noted. “Monetary contributions are most helpful to assist the family in the long-term as they recover and get re-established in a new place.

“The family appreciates all the donations made and expressed their gratitude to the Center Township Trustee’s Office as well as the Clinton County chapter of the American Red Cross for their assistance during this very difficult time,” Kirby said.

Also, Peyton Webster, a Clinton Central fifth-grader whose brother Ryder is friends wth the youngest victim, has established a fund that she seeded with $600 of her own money. The Farmers Bank account held $1,462.64 as of Friday, according to Peyton’s mother, Sarah Webster. Anyone wishing to contribute can visit any Farmers Bank branch and earmark their deposit to the “Fund for Trail Family.”  

Frankfort fire investigators are working in tandem with representatives from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and insurance fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire, with the investigation scheduled to be completed sometime next week.