Updated 04/13/2012 10:14 PM
Neighbors React to Arrest of Mother
Living on Grape Street means being reminded of this tragic event every day. Those who used to live next door to Bobbie Kugler say they're saddened but not surprised by her arrest.
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"I wish they would have torn it down.... honestly,” said Laurie Ramos.
A house can be rebuilt.
"She came out screaming with her little baby that her house was on fire,” Ramos said.
New siding and a fresh coat of paint won't erase what happened here.
"The babies, kids were upstairs screaming and pounding on the windows I can see that over and over like it was yesterday,” said Ramos.
Nearly two months after a tragic house fire, Ramos still can't make sense of it.
"Four wonderful beautiful children lost their lives, and for what reason?” asked Ramos.
Jennifer Winter isn't sure why it happened, but she suspected early on the victims' mother, Bobbie Kugler, had something to do with it.
"She had no burns on her and her two-year-old is always with her. That's how I had a feeling she did it,” said Winter.
Friday, police announced the fire was no accident. Kugler was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Few other details were released by police, raising even more questions.
"Why would you not go and get your kids? Why would you come outside and start bugging out? The kids are in a better place, because what I saw with my own eyes - the kids weren't okay in there,” Winter said.
All four victims are remembered as kind, fun-loving kids who visited their neighbors often.
"I come out every day and I see them... that cross with their pictures on it."
Ramos rescued the makeshift memorial that was thrown in the trash. She keeps it in her back yard to honor the victims and remind this neighborhood of how much it lost.
"They had a whole life ahead of them... theirs was just starting. Just starting."
Five people survived that fire including two teenagers. Giovanni Delorm suffered severe burns and broke his foot while jumping from the second floor to get out. His aunt, Sharon Merkel, told YNN that Giovanni is walking again but needs more healing. His left arm was burned so badly he needed skin grafting
Merkel said based on what Giovanni has told his family and police, this arrest comes as no surprise.