Mother Says Rumors On Social Media About Deadly Gates Fire Are Causing More Pain
(Gates, TN) A mother already grieving over losing her daughter and three granddaughters in a house fire says rumors being spread on social media are only adding to her pain.
Amanda Springer, her 4-year-old twin girls, and her 5-year-old daughter were killed in a fire Saturday morning at their home in Gates, Tenn., in Lauderdale County.
Springer’s mother, Donna Tucker, urged people to stop spreading rumors about the tragedy.
“She was a wonderful girl, hard worker. She worked two jobs to take care of her babies. Everyday, six, seven days a week, constantly, it was all about her kids,” said Tucker.
Surrounded by family and friends, Tucker held tight to the memory of her daughter Amanda and Amanda’s three daughters, all killed in a house fire early Saturday morning.
“And these three babies…the best thing that ever happened to her and to our family were these three babies,” said Tucker.
Twenty-six-year-old Amanda Springer, 4-year-old twins Jordan and Peyton, and 5-year-old Abbie were found in a bedroom of their one-story brick house on Hamil Street.
Tucker decided to speak publicly Monday to urge people to stop using social media to spread rumors about how her daughter and granddaughters may have died.
“People don’t need to know if they were screaming or not. People don’t need to know if she was trying to break out of the house. These are things that should not be said, that should not be spread,” said Tucker.
Tucker said her daughter’s cell phone shows Amanda called a 9-1-1 operator at 1:45 Saturday morning, but the call dropped and the dispatcher was unable to call back.
A Gates police officer spotted smoke from the fire and called for help, but firefighters weren’t able to save the woman and her children.
Donna Tucker has been told all four were found together, on the floor of a bedroom.
“That’s what you do in a fire, you put them on the floor. She had them on the floor. She took care of her babies till the end,” said Tucker.
The woman said now there will always be an empty spot in her heart as she clutched a recent picture of the four victims.
“When this picture was made, it couldn’t have been no better. Cause that’s all it was, was her babies surrounding her, all the time,” said Tucker.
Funeral arraignments are incomplete for victims of the house fire.
Amanda Springer did not have insurance, so if you want to help with funeral expenses a fund has been set up at the Bank of Halls under the name of Amanda Springer.