Three children of Townsend fire victim moving to Atlanta

Three children of Townsend fire victim moving to Atlanta to live with uncle

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TOWNSEND (WATE) – Three children, who are orphans after a fatal fire in Townsend, are moving to Atlanta. Their uncle, Rob Marshall, said the kids will be moving in with him.

He said the fire claimed the life of his sister, Kristina Kallstrom, 40, early Monday morning. She rescued her three kids from the flames in her home in Townsend.

But she went back into the house, possibly to save the family pet.

Marshall said Kristina's husband of 20 years passed away in August due to health problems. So their mother's death is a lot for the kids to cope with.

"They miss their dad, and now this," he said. "They're doing relatively well now, but there's a lot to uncover."

The kids are five, eight, and 12-years-old.  He said the amount of help from their church and community has been tremendous.

"It's overwhelming, the warmth and compassion of the community that has stood up for these kids, in memory of my sister and (her) husband," Marshall said.

Marshall said after Kristina's husband's death, she was doing her best to take care of the kids.

"She had gone back to school and was working towards a degree in music to become a band teacher," he said.

But those dreams were taken in the fire, and replaced with an uncle who now has to add three members into his household.

"We'll need bunk beds for one," Marshall said. "Also monetary donations so we can get them basic needs like clothing."

To help the children, there has been a fund set up in the Kallstrom family name at U.S. Bank. They're hoping to establish a college fund for the children, because they believe that's what Kristina would have wanted.

A memorial service for her will be held in a few weeks.

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