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Family suffering unimaginable tragedy

Bishop Victor Powell Bishop Victor Powell

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Funeral services will be held here in Albany Saturday for three metro Atlanta girls who died in a house fire. The sisters, who are natives of Albany, died in a Friday night townhouse fire in Duluth.

They still have family here and their Father has returned home from Afghanistan because of the tradegy.

Bishop Victor Powell has ministered to the Wingfield family for the past 20 years. In that time, the family has been through tragedies, but nothing like this.  He said, "It's the most horrific thing that a mother and a father could ever experience."

And this weekend, Albany native, Sgt. Major Rufus Wingfield will come back home to bury his three daughters, 12-year old Amirra, 17-year old Dairien and 19-year old LaToya Jackson.

Powell said, "This is the worst nightmare." The girls were all at home in Duluth late Friday when a fire started on the first floor of their townhouse. Their mother was able to escape, but firefighters couldn't reach the sisters in time to save them.

"It was a terrible fire accident." An accident that has devastated the entire family, their friends and even strangers.

Bishop Powell said, "Even people who don't know the family feel the loss of this because it's unimaginable." An unimaginable pain they can only get through with their faith. "That's the only way, the only way, the absolute only way."

To help them through their grief as they remember the loved ones they've lost.

The funeral for the three sisters will be held at Rhema Word Ministries on Williamsburg Road in Albany Saturday at 11 AM.

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