Officials have identified two young boys who were killed Monday in a Grosse Pointe house fire.
Logan and Briggs Connolly were killed Monday morning when a fire trapped them inside their home on Fisher Road between Kercheval and Mack avenues, according to authorities. Firefighters believe the fire appears to have started in the kitchen.
Crisis counselors are available Tuesday at Richard Elementary School, where the boys, ages 9 and 11, were in the fourth and fifth grades, officials said.
The Detroit Red Wings tweeted a photo late Tuesday afternoon, showing two hockey sticks outside the locker room. The hashtag reads, “#SticksOutForLoganAndBriggs.”
The community has mobilized to help the family. Click here to visit the GoFundMe page for the family.
Fisher Road is still cordoned off Tuesday as investigators went in and out of the home.
“An arson task force comprised of Michigan State Police, Detroit police and the ATF do a cause and origin study, going through the house, digging and seeing the cause of the fire,” Grosse Pointe Public Safety Chief Stephen Poloni said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Down the street, mothers have joined forces on Mom Swap through Facebook to start gathering donations for the family.
Rick Handloser doesn’t know the family, but he said he knows their friends, so he donated clothing to the cause.
“Especially when it’s children involved,” Handloser said. “There’s no other children in the family, so it’s a total loss, so yes, they will rally around them.”
The group is also accepting gift cards for the family.
Logan and Briggs played youth hockey with their friends in the neighborhood. In tribute, hockey sticks are showing up on the front porches, and they’ll be accompanied by candles starting Tuesday night.
Their teams put out statements asking players to attend a Wednesday night vigil for Logan and Briggs. Players are asked to wear their uniforms. One team will have helmet stickers to wear on the ice this year.
Handloser said the house is uninhabitable, so housing is being donated, as well.
“This community just comes together whenever there is a crisis like this,” he said.
A vigil for the boys is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.