Memorial service planned for mom, three daughters killed in Macon fire; cause of blaze still unknown

awomack@macon.comJune 20, 2013 

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Macon-Bibb County firefighters extinguish a blaze on Carmen Place near San Carlos Drive in south Macon on June 13. A mother and her three daughters died in an early morning fire.

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Family and friends will gather Saturday at Countryside Baptist Church to remember a Macon mother and her three daughters killed last week when their house became engulfed in flames.

A cause for the fire that killed 36-year-old Jennifer Caffee, 13-year-old Elizabeth Caffee, 10-year-old Wendy Chapman and 5-year-old Holly Tucker on June 13 hasn’t been released. Holly’s father, 38-year-old Lee Tucker, and Caffee’s sons, 17-year-old Brandon Caffee and 15-year-old Scott Caffee, survived, but were taken to hospitals for injuries they sustained in the fire.

The memorial service, which will be held at the family’s church on Carmen Place, will begin at 6 p.m., according to Bentley & Sons Funeral Home, which has charge of the arrangements.

Macon-Bibb County firefighters have said the fire started at about 2 a.m. at the family’s brick duplex on the corner of Carmen Place and San Carlos Drive, in Macon’s Lynmore Estates.

There’s no estimate for when the fire investigation will be complete, said fire investigator Sgt. Ben Gleaton.

“We’re still doing interviews,” he said. “We’re following every lead we can.”

So far, investigators have talked with Tucker and the tenants who shared the other side of the duplex with Caffee’s family. They still want to talk with Caffee’s sons.

Investigators have not said whether they believe the fire was an accident or whether it might be suspicious.

A few people also answered investigators’ pleas for information. Anyone who might have passed by the house on the night of the fire or who has information about the blaze is asked to call 751-2713.

The property owner’s insurance company also launched an investigation following the fire. That investigation also is ongoing, Gleaton said.

Anyone wishing to donate to a fund established at SunTrust Bank for the Caffee family can write a check marked Countryside Baptist Church for Jennifer Caffee’s family.

Margie Johnson, wife of the church’s pastor, has helped organize the outpouring of support for Caffee’s surviving family members. She said several people have dropped off food and clothing for the family.

The real need that’s left is for money to help pay for funeral costs.

“These kids and this momma deserve the best,” Johnson said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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