Organs of Olney fire victims donated to several recipients

INDIANAPOLIS - Several people could receive life-saving organ donations from victims of a fatal fire that killed a family of six.

Forty-seven-year-old Lionel "Leo" Guerra, and his 33-year-old wife, Brandy Mae, died Feb. 22, as did their 11-year-old son, Esteban, and 8-year-old daughter, Blanquita. Fourteen-year-old Miranda and 6-year-old Fuentes died the following day.

Firefighters found the six family members unconscious inside the small bungalow-style home on Olney Street Saturday.

Officials said Wednesday that family members of the victims have been working with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, and successful organ donation had been made.

It's estimated that the organ donation from Brandy Mae Guerra could help up to 75 people.

The donations from Miranda Guerra and Fuentes Guerra have already helped several people, including:

  • a 4-year-old boy in Ohio
  • an 8-month-old baby (location not disclosed)
  • a 63-year-old Indiana woman
  • a 59-year-old person (sex, location not disclosed)
  • a 17-year-old girl in Minnesota
  • a 1-year-old boy in Michigan
  • a 61-year-old woman in Ohio
  • a 64-year-old Ohio man
  • two 59-year-old Indiana men

Authorities said the cause of the fire has officially been ruled "undetermined."

A public vigil for the Guerra family was scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at 2179 Olney St.

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