Midland Park Lane

Services set for 2 victims of Saturday's fire

by Staff Reports

Funeral services are set for two of the five victims who died in Saturday’s fire at a Midland Park Lane home.

The home is in a neighborhood off Belt Road on Newnan’s west side.

Alonna McCrary, 28, two of her children and two stepchildren perished in the fire that broke out about 1 a.m. Saturday. The sole survivor, an 11-year-old daughter, escaped through a window with the help of a passerby.

Along with the mother, those who died were Erial McCrary, 5; Messi’ah White, 3; Nikkiah White, 2; and MaKinzie Florence, 1. Eriel and Nikia were daughters of McCrary and the other two were stepdaughters. Eleven-year-old Nautica “Molly” McCrary was taken to the hospital to be checked after escaping the fire, but was back at the scene of the residence later Saturday.

Funeral services for one-year-old MaKinzie Florence will be today at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 33 Greenville St. in Newnan. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery. Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc., Newnan, is handling the arrangements for MaKinzie.

Funeral services for Messi’ah White will be on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Smyrna Baptist Church. Presiding will be Tamarkus T. Cook, church pastor, Pastor Felton James and Brenda Clark, eulogist. Interment will follow immediately in the Eastview Cemetery in Newnan. A meal following the services will be held at Poplar Road Special Events Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc. on Greenville Street in Newnan.

Funeral arrangements for the mother, Alonna McCrary, and the other two children were incomplete as of Wednesday afternoon and are being handled by Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc. in Newnan.

Friends and family of the victims in Saturday’s fatal fire have set up accounts to help defray funeral costs and support the only survivor.

The Alonna McCrary Memorial Fund has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank, according to lead teller Gloria Wilson.

“Donations may be dropped off at any Wells Fargo branch,” she said, adding the funds will be used to help the family expenses.

Another fund, to cover the funeral expenses for 1-year-old MaKinzie, was set up at United Bank, 61 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, according to bank President Steve Stripling. 

The state fire marshal determined the fire started in a breaker box and was electrical in nature, authorities said. The house was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. A smoke detector was discovered, but it was so badly burned authorities are not sure if it was working properly.

The children were staying for a sleepover, according to relatives.

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