Candleight vigil held for seven family members killed in Akron house fire

Posted at 9:28 PM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-20 23:13:41-04

Five days after a deadly house fire claimed the lives of seven family members, hundreds of people turned out for the candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember the victims and to show their support for their loved ones.

Singing Amazing Grace, praying together and carrying candles, more than 200 people attended the vigil for Dennis Huggins, Angela Boggs and five of their children who all died in Monday's fire.

The vigil was held in front of the remnants of the families home on Fultz Street in Akron.

"I didn't know my family meant that much to the city of Akron. I was actually shocked to see all of these people who showed up," said Brittany Boggs who lost seven family members in the fire.

"It lets me know there are still good people in the world, I didn't think I would have as much support as I did." Boggs said.

Boggs has shown remarkable strength and is grateful for the community support.

But, there is tremendous pain.

"These people I have never met a day in my life are here, it helps me, but it still hurts. I'm never going to be able to fully recover from this, this was the home I lived in, those were my brothers and sisters, and my mom, everybody in that house," said Boggs.

Tony Huggins lost his brother, sister in law, and five nieces and nephews in the fire.

He’s also touched by the outpouring of support.

"Words just can't express how overwhelmed I am and how full I am in my heart with gratitude, The way they rallied around us. The whole family, and took us under their wings and kept us in their prayers," Huggins said.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine a cause of the fire.