The two children, Madison Branton, 9, and Jordan Beckham, 7, were siblings who died of smoke inhalation and burns when they were trapped after a fire erupted inside a mobile home in the 11000 block of Louisiana 23 Sunday night (Oct. 21). Two other adults in the home at the time of the fire – the grandparents of the children’s mother – were treated for smoke inhalation, according to Guey and Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Family friend Melissa Jenner spoke with the children’s aunt after hearing news of the fire. When she hung up, she immediately set up a Facebook fundraiser in the family’s name and connected it to an account at Hancock Whitney Bank. A representative at the bank confirmed that proce went to the family.
In less than 24 hours, over a hundred people had donated a total of $11,555 dollars, smashing the $5,000 goal.
Monday morning only the charred remains of the mobile home could be made out. Residents initiated a clothing drive for the three adults injured in the fire. Leann Bruce called for donations of women’s 2X tops and bottoms, men’s 48/30 pants, 3x men’s tops, women’s size 8 pants and women’s medium tops to be dropped off at Headley’s Hair Salon at 8648 Highway 23 in Belle Chase.
The community is also hosting a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 3 to help raise money for the single mother of the children, who was still being treated at a hospital Monday for burns and smoke inhalation, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office, after trying but being unable to reach to her children.