Ways to Help Friday’s Fire Victims


Friday night, December 15, 2 people lost their lives in a fire that destroyed the family’s home. Kenny Osteen died while trying to rescue his step-daughter, 4 year old Karleigh. Both were found deceased inside the home after the fire was contained.  The mother and her two-year-old child had made it safely outside. Seven-year-old, Emily, who had already been rescued by Kenny, was airlifted to Dallas and will require skin graphs. The family lost everything in the fire and had no insurance.

Update (Monday, Dec 18):  This morning, Emily faced skin graph surgery and according to a message from her mother, Kaylea Carroll, “the doctor said she did amazing”.  She is expected to be out of ICU tomorrow and hopefully home by next week.

When a tragedy such as this occurs in a small community like Eastland, it has a ripple effect that touches nearly everyone. As the tragedy ripples out over the community, the community is coming together to help in any way they can.

The following is a list of fundraisers and information. This list will change as new information comes in and events are completed. If you are holding a fundraiser and want it added to the list, send the info to news@microplexnews.com or text to 254-631-6790.

A group of businesses will be holding a lunch for the public on Wednesday, December 20 at noon at the LumberYard Event Center, 313 W. Main, to help raise money for the family. Free hotdogs and all the trimmings will be served and all are welcome. They ask only that you donate what you can to help the family. For more information or questions, contact Debbie Wharton at 254-631-0708.

Two Gofundme accounts have been set up in memory of Kenny and Karleigh to help the family.

Eastland County Tx Breaking News Facebook Page has information on where to drop off donations, clothing sizes and what is needed.

From EMS Middle School: Eastland Middle School Student Council is hosting a fundraiser for the family of Friday’s fire. Students who bring $1 will be able to wear a hat. Money needs to be given to the office in order to participate. All proceeds will go to the family. Please help us come together to support our community. Thank you in advance to all that participate.

A bake sale is being held at Shannon’s Burger Barn in Cisco on December 23 with donations going to the family of Kenny & Karleigh.

For information on what is needed or where to drop off items, call Danetra Dunn at 254-488-0347 or click on the Eastland County Tx Breaking News link above.

Cards for Emily can be sent to:
Emily Carroll
Parkland Hospital
5200 Harry Hines Blvd
Room 625
Dallas, Tx 75235
Please, no visitors without prior permission

One Response to "Ways to Help Friday’s Fire Victims"

  1. Heather Hudson   December 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! The Families of Kenny and Karleigh are wanting any and all pictures of each of them, individually and together, in order to create slideshows. We have created a email address for them so they have access to all of these photos forever and Cameron at Bryan’s Computers graciously offered to make slideshows of the photos. We are also needing a list of songs.
    Email all photos and list of song suggestions to below email address please. PLEASE SHARE THIS TO SPREAD THE WORD!