Fannin County Couple Mourns Loss Of Daughters In Fire

By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News

BONHAM (CBSDFW.COM) – D.J. Gregory and his fiancee Alicia Moncier are mourning the loss of their two daughters, who were killed in a fire.

“I’m just sad,” D.J. said.  “This is just something I can never get over.”

On March 6, a fire tore through the couple’s mobile home in Fannin County.  The fire started in the living room and it was caused by a space heater.

The couple’s six-year-old daughter and her 11-year-old cousin woke up and ran toward their room.  D.J. and the two older girls escaped, but Alicia got stuck in the hallway.

“I tried to get out, get out the front door, but the smoke was so thick,” Alicia said.

D.J. saved his fiancee by ripping out part of the wall and pulling her to safety.  The couple’s younger daughters, four-year-old Clara and 17-month-old Kendra, didn’t make it.

“I could’ve sworn [the older girls] had Clara and Kendra in their arms,” D.J. said.

D.J. said he later saw one of his daughters lying in the living room, as the flames grew.

“I couldn’t even save her. I couldn’t even help her,” she said.

While D.J. blames himself, Alicia said if it weren’t for him, they would all be dead.

“In my opinion, he saved everyone there,” she said.

The couple buried their girls last week.  Most of the funeral costs were covered by donations, but the couple could not afford headstones to pay proper tribute to the little girls.

“They were special, amazing little kids,” Alicia said.

The family lost all of their belongings in the fire, and are also struggling to pay for DJ’s medical bills.
To help:

Bank of the Ozarks
The Memorial Account for Clara & Kendra Gregory
5178 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034

First National Bank of Trenton
Gregory Family Benefit Fund
PO Box 4
Trenton, TX 75490


One Comment

  1. J. says:

    JMO, forget the medical bills, use the money raised to buy a new place to live and to pay other ESSENTIAL bills (utilities, phone, etc.). Hospitals have to treat people and they can only do so much about lost debt. Anyone have any valid reasons to pay for mandated healthcare?!

  2. 2sister says:

    Actually, even hospitals, city ambulance services, non-profit agencies, send bill collectors after you. I know someone who used a city run ambulance service. The city I’m talking about has handed over their bill collection services to a private company. They didn’t file on the insurance correctly and / or keep accurate records. The private company tried to collect on a bill that had already been paid. Also, I know of someone who has been harassed by a public hospital over very expensive medical bills. Bills like this can ruin your credit, and thus make it hard to even buy a new place to live. I know some people think that medical bills won’t can’t your credit, but they can.

  3. Stacey says:

    God bless you on your loss those babies are in heaven with God. Try to go own it wil never be alright there gone but it will get better in time. Go with God.

  4. Angela says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your precious girls are with God & I pray that your family is able to move on & benefit from their memory. I cant imagine your pain. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.

  5. 2sister says:

    I’m also sorry for your loss.

  6. J. says:

    {@2sister} Well there’s only so far collection agencies can go. You can legally get them to stop calling you. I think there’s actually a clause in the federal EMTALA law that says medical debt CAN’T go on your credit score (look it up on wikipedia). I know some people in the lending business that say healthcare debt doesn’t weigh as much as other bills (car notes, house notes, credit cards)…so I think this family can find another place to live easily.

  7. J. says:

    [also @2sister]. One other idea for thwarting healthcare debt. Just get up and leave the hospital before you sign/give personal information! A hospital is not a prison or courtroom and as far as I know there is no law saying one has to stay there until released. As far as fundraiser, I’d rather it go to a down payment on a new place to stay than to doctors who are required by law to heal me. Remember folks, hospital care is MANDATORY in the US….

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