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Family, friends gather to mourn Ashland fire victims


ASHLAND, WI -- Friends and family are grieving the deaths of the three people who lost their lives in the Ashland house fire on July 5.

The victims known as Jordan Chowning, Alyssa Chowning, and Michelle Hathaway were honored Wednesday.

Among those mourning was Duane Chowning, Husband to Jordan and Father to Alyssa.

"[It's the] realization that you shouldn't take any life for granted. Any moment whatsoever can be taken from you," said Chowning.

Chowning says he left home the morning of the fire to buy an air conditioner in Ironwood, but when he returned to Ashland the house was on fire.

"It's very hard, for not just me, for Jordan's family, for the rest of Michelle's family, and for Alyssa's family," Chowning said.

Several of Jordan and Michelle's family and close friends traveled to Ashland from Florida to pay their respects.

"We got to talk to some of the people that she impacted here inside today and everyone said the same thing that she genuinely cared and genuinely loved them," said Crystal Marsh, a close friend of Jordan.

According to her friends, Jordan was working as a caretaker at an Assisted Living Facility and had recently graduated with her Associate's degree at her time of death.

RELATED: Ashland Police: Early reports show young child likely started fatal fire

Police are still investigating the incident, but they say that the fire was potentially caused by a young child, and that the victims were asleep upstairs when the fire started.

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Quinn Gorham

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