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Neighbor reaction to indictment of Quincy parents

We’re learning more about the circumstances that led to a deadly house fire in Quincy last year. This comes after two Quincy parents were indicted for the deaths of two kids who didn’t make it out of the home.

Marilyn Kramer and William Brewer face involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.

“I miss them playing,” said neighbor Tracy Marlow. “It’s so quiet. ”

It’s hard for Marlow to relive what happened on October 12th, 2018. What started as heartbreak after the loss of her neighbors, Toby Brewer, 8, and Emma Kramer, 5, has now turned to anger after hearing what led to the fire.

“Common sense would say you don’t run extension cords like that,” said Marlow.

Marlow says on the night of the fire, investigators told her that the door leading to her basement was open. She says they found an extension cord connected to a lightbulb base. Investigators described them as hand-spliced extension cords that led from Marlow’s basement over to the home of Marilyn Kramer and William Brewer.

Marlow says she had no idea.

“That Thursday night before the fire I noticed there were lights on upstairs so I just thought they got their power back on, that’s good,” said Marlow. “Then Friday night after the fire a detective came up to me and asked me if I knew that the extension cords were run to my basement and I pretty much flipped out and said no.”

Court documents show those spliced extension cords were placed under a mattress which resulted in the fire.

Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha says it’s important those responsible for the death of Toby and Emma are held accountable.

“This case will tug at the heart strings of citizens of Adams County because you had two wonderful children that died in a fire and it didn’t need to be that way,” said Farha.

Marlow says she’s still trying to come to grips with it.

“Part of me thinks that they get what they deserve for their actions but as a mother, I also know that’s something that they’re going to live with the rest of their lives,” said Marlow.

Farha says it wasn’t this incident alone that contributed to the charges. He says during the investigation they found other contributing factors Farha told WGEM News that he believes there were things that preoccupied the parents rather than watching their children.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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