Family and friends remember 2 boys killed in fire


Posted on December 29, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 29 at 7:12 PM

Family, friends and some of the area's best known politicians attended a memorial service Tuesday for the two Vermont boys who died in a Christmas morning blaze in Glenview.

As their young lives were honored, fire investigators made progress by bringing in heavy equipment to come through the huge home, owned by Irv and Cathy Bailey.

Fire investigators say they are getting closer to determining where and how the fire started in the home.

In the meantime, the family spent time remembering the two boys.
Friends and family filled Saint Francis in the Fields Church Tuesday morning for a private service, one of favorite memories and music of Liam and Solon.

“Liam was remembered as an expressive 10-year-old who was full intensity and passion.  Solon was remembered as the more reserved of the two. He was a very accomplished pianist.”

Songs he played were shared by his piano teacher who travelled from Vermont for the service.

Also inside were area politicians, a former ambassador and some of those first to arrive Christmas morning.

“There were many firefighters here today who were on the scene and fought the fire. And the Bailey family thanked them for all they had done,” said Scott Jennings, the family spokesperson.

Meanwhile, other fire officials worked at the home using a crane to peel away layers of debris narrowing in on where and how the fire started.

“We recovered some different fabrics today and different bed frames and chairs.  The family tells us if it was stored in the basement or on the second floor,” said Maj. Henry Ott.

Ott says investigators will be close to a ruling by Thursday.
While they're moving toward a resolution, the family still finds it hard to believe the boys are gone.

“It's one of those unthinkable scenarios and it's hard for any of us to even wrap our brains around it.”

The family has set up a memorial fund supporting children's education programs.