Children lost home, mother, sister to fire

The surviving family members of a mother and a child who died in a Fremont fire Saturday morning have been displaced from their home, even as they mourn their loss.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 27, 2013


Neighbors and relatives said Brenda Shorty, mother of six, and one of her daughters, 2-year-old Vinesha Darden, died in the 4:12 am. blaze at the family’s May Street home.

Shorty’s boyfriend, Abdul Darden, escaped the fire, according to a recorded 911 call the Fremont Police Department provided to the Register.

Abdul Darden’s cousin called 911.

“There’s a fire on May Street, the house is engulfed in flames,” the caller is heard telling a dispatcher. “I don’t know the address.”

As firefighters and police headed to the home, the caller stayed on the line and was heard asking someone else: “Is the kids in there?”

The cause is still considered undetermined, according to an Ohio State Fire Marshal’s spokesman.

Shorty’s other five children were not in the home that night, as some were staying at friends’ homes or staying at a church function, neighbors said.

Fremont firefighters spent about an hour battling the blaze, then another seven hours investigating and making sure all embers were extinguished.

In a posting Monday on Facebook, Abdul Darden asked friends to help his family.

“I would like to say I love my family. I am so sorry that I lost loved ones,” he stated in the message. “I feel so bad right now, please help me and my family. Anything is appreciated.”

His Facebook friends offered help and shared condolences. Some of Shorty’s other children posted messages on Facebook as well, along with pictures of Shorty and Vinesha.

Investigators have yet to officially identify the victims. Their bodies have been sent to the Lucas County coroner’s office for autopsies.

Investigators have some leads on what actually caused the fire, but they won’t release more information until there’s an official ruling, Ohio State Fire Marshal spokesman Michael Duchesne said.


Simple Enough II

Used to be "MySpace" is where the thugs, Drug Dealers, wannabe drug dealers and their sycophants posted, now it's FB. Shame.


You sir/ma'am are a complete idiot!!..A family mourns after losing two of their family members and all you can do is come on here and post some racial
Profiling garbage!?!?....SHAME on you for your disgusting remarks!!...Just because a person is black, it does NOT mean they are thugs or wannabe drug dealers!!...I would love to see the day you are judged by the Almighty Judge!!...You, I'm sure, will be in a much warmer place when your time comes!!




Your comment shows that you have no proper home training. If you did, you would have followed the saying, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. This family lost a mother and a daughter and you assume that the family are in some way tied to drugs or thugs, shame on you.


And let me say, prayers for the family that is suffering from this tragedy, especially so close to the holidays!...Those other five children's lives will NEVER be the same! :(


R.I.P. I hope that the other children can get through this tragedy. It will take lots of time, my heart aches, for they have lost a mother and a baby sister.