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Friends of Wyses Corner fire victims raise money for funerals

Friends of the three people found dead after a house fire are raising money to pay for their funerals.

3 people died in house fire; police treating all three as homicides

Gloria Teepell said she'll remember her friend's hugs. (CBC)

Friends of the three people found dead after a house fire are raising money to pay for their funerals.

Clifford William Ward, 81, and Mildred Ann Ward, 54, both from Wyses Corner, died. Police have charged Codey Reginald Hennigar, 30, with two counts of homicide. A third person was also a homicide victim, police say, but they haven’t been able to identify that person.

Sources told CBC News that the dead were a mother and her two elderly parents, and that Hennigar is son and grandson to the deceased. 

She was our Mother Teresa.- Gloria Teepell

“It's just been a terrible thing that's happened to good people.  And it shouldn’t have happened, but it did and now we're all suffering because of it,” said Gloria Teepell.

Teepell lives in the area on the outskirts of Halifax and considered Ida, Clifford’s wife, to be a second mother. The Wards raised three children and fostered others. Teepell said Ida accepted them like her own, and fully embraced her closest friends.

“I can remember Ida for her hugs. If you saw Ida, she'd be so excited and you'd be so excited, and you'd just run for hug and it was the biggest, most wonderful hug in the world. She was our Mother Teresa.”

Ida Ward played the organ at the United Church in Antrim and taught Sunday school. Ann Ward, her daughter, raised four children.

“Why does it happen to anybody? There's no explanations ever that will make sense,” said neighbour Heather Teepell. She’s started an online fundraiser and is organizing an auction.

“The family is going to have to bury three members at once, tie up loose ends and there's going to be care needed for Ann's daughter as well as all the family,” she said.

Ward’s daughter 15-year-old daughter Nikita, her youngest child, is now an orphan.

Teepell has set up a GoFundMe campaign and is organizing an auction at Shooters Bar and Grill in Enfield Jan. 31 to raise money.

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