Yannick Etibako says living without her family over the past three years has been difficult. ((CBC))

More than 200 people gathered in Vancouver on Saturday to celebrate the lives of five people, including three children, who died in a fire set by an arsonist in 2006.

Adela Etibako, 39, and three of her children: Edita, 12, Benedicta, 9, and Stephane, 8, died in the May 15, 2006, blaze.

Ashley Singh, 17, the girlfriend of sole survivor Bolingo Etibako, also died. Etibako was 16 at the time of the fire.

Friends, family and neighbours planted a tree and dedicated a mosaic table at the Skeena Terrace Housing Development in Vancouver's east end.

Family member Yannick Etibako, who didn't live in the home, sobbed as she spoke to those gathered about life with her mother and siblings.

"It's been three years since they've been gone. I'm sorry ... the little things, the little things you appreciate more. My caring for other people has grown," she said.


Adela Etibako, centre, and three of her children died in May 2006 after an arsonist set fire to their east Vancouver home. ((Richard Lam/Canadian Press))

Last October, a B.C. Supreme Court jury found a Vancouver man guilty of five first-degree murder charges in connection with the fire.

Nathan Fry, 20, was also convicted of attempted murder in the case of Bolingo Etibako, who spent several months in hospital after the fire.

Fry was sentenced to life in jail with no chance of parole for 25 years.