Monroe fundraiser for Riddle house fire survivor raises $35,000

Hundreds filled Monroe High School for a fundraiser benefiting Jimmy Howell. Howell is the lone survivor of a Riddle house fire that killed his wife and children. (SBG photo)

MONROE, Ore. – A fundraiser at Monroe High School to benefit Jimmy Howell raised about $35,000 Friday night.

Monroe High School, Howell’s alma mater, was packed with people hoping to help the lone survivor of the Riddle house fire that killed six people.

Hundreds of items were up for auction and 100 percent of the proceeds went toward Howell’s medical expenses. The funds will also help him as he moves forward after the loss of his family.

Community members said they will always take care of one of their own.

“Yeah, you're not just buying something from BiMart or Jerry's, you're helping a cause you know? And it's a community thing so I feel really good about it,” said Tim Viking, a Monroe resident.

“I just hope he can get through this. I know it's a big setback for him. It must be awful,” said Bob Parks, vice president of the Tillamook Rodeo.

Jimmy Howell was severely injured in the fire. He was recently released from the hospital.

Howell’s wife and children were killed in the fire.

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