AMITY, Ore. (KOIN) — Nearly 200 people came out to Amity City Park to remember a mom and her daughter who perished earlier this week in a fire that engulfed their motorhome in rural Yamhill County.
Amity Christian Church has set up a fund to help the surviving family members. Donations can be dropped off at First Federal Savings & Loan.
Thirty-seven-year-old Honey Cosgrove and her 5 children were inside the home when the fire erupted — 4 made it out. Eight-year-old Neveah ran back into the motorhome to save the puppies they were watching, so Honey quickly ran after her daughter.
Both of them died in the blaze.
Honey’s 3 surviving daughters and her son shared happy memories of their mom and sister.
One of her daughters, Isis McNair, said, “Me and pretty much all my siblings could communicate with her without a word, because that woman had a face for everything.”
The kids were sleeping in the RV when a heater caught something on fire. As they ran out the door, Neveah turned to rescue the puppies. Honey was in another unit.
“She came running out and said, ‘Who’s in there?’ We said NeNe,” one of her daughters said. “She said, ‘Where is she?’ and we said, ‘In the back room.’ And she just ran in there, not even hesitating at all.”
Then she added, “It was just so hard when they didn’t come back out.”
“I still can’t believe she’s gone, but she’s here and she’s a hero,” Alexis said.
Isis said Honey would have sacrificed the same for any of her children. “My mother would die for any of us kids,” she said. “It was better than my little sister being alone.”
Neveah died just a week before her 9th birthday, so the crowd sang to her. Her cousin, Charlie Pratt, said they used to go camping together.
“My cousin Neveah was there my whole life. My Aunt Honey was there my whole life,” Charlie said. “She was just there for me if I fell.”
Those who took part in the vigil also took one last hike for Honey, who loved to hike.
One woman named Terri said their deaths have impacted the whole community.
“I haven’t seen Amity come together like this in a long time,” Terri said. “The whole community seems to be really having an outpouring of love and I’m really proud of them.”