Family gathers to remember 3 fire victims one day later

Balloons, stuffed animals and flowers lined the fence outside of the home on Sunday.

One day after a house fire claimed the lives of three people, family and neighbors gathered to remember three lives lost.

Lewis Bassett, 43, and two of his sons died after fire broke out at 921 N. 11th St. just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

KHQA spoke with Bassett's sister Richelle Bias on Sunday.

"He had so many friends because he just adapted to anybody ... he was a friendly guy," Bias said of her brother.

According to Bias, Bassett had recently reconnected with his 22-year-old son Jarryd Bassett.

"I'm happy I got to know him for the short period it was," Bassett said.

Jarryd also said he had become close with his younger siblings.

"It was good meeting them, too. I enjoyed spending time with them, too," he added.

Bassett and his 18-month-old son Ladavion were pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital Saturday night.

Bassett's other son, three-year-old Lewis Jr., was taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital and pronounced dead around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Bias said their deaths have shocked both family and friends.

"I can't even stay in this house because I see his presence," Bias said.

Both Bias and Jarryd Bassett say all three will be deeply missed.

"He was a king to me. He was a great man, a great father, a great brother," Bias said.

"I didn't think I'd lose a parent this early," Jarryd said.

A family spokesperson told KHQA a candlelight service will held at the home Tuesday night around dusk.

Also, a fundraiser will be held Monday night at the Pizza Hut location near 24th and Locust. It begins at 7 p.m.