Silver Creek, NY
Thursday family and friends of 18 year old Justin Phillips gathered in front of the charred home where the horrific fire took place just one day before, to say goodbye.
Justin's mother, Margie Phillips, told the crowd step-by-step what happened the day of the fire. She wanted to make it clear that her son did not suffer but died peacefully. Margie says she had no idea the bottom floor of the house where Justin was located was already engulfed in flames while she was getting ready for work.
Once the smoke detector alarm went off, Margie says she and her husband had no choice but to escape to the roof without her son, where they were later rescued.
At the vigil Margie indicated the fire started from the dishwasher. However, fire investigators have not released the exact cause of the blaze.
Even though she lost her son in the fire, Margie says she is finding strength in her faith in the Lord.
"The worst day of my life was the best day of my life so far because it proved that the talk of Christianity, we were walking, we were actually walking. We were just not talking about it. So I am a rock because my faith is there and it makes me stronger," explained Margie.
The family is now living with relatives. Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for Justin.
Justin recently graduated from Silver Creek High School and was a good drawer who wanted to become an architect.
The high school is offering grief counseling weekdays until July 15th from 9 am to 2 pm.