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Family remembers mom killed in Richmond house fire

Posted at 11:43 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 09:50:57-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond family came together Friday in the city's southside to remember the life of Shene Dickens.

Dickens, 46, was pulled from a burning home by firefighters on October 16.

She later died at the hospital.

"Sister Dickens was a beautiful lady. A good friend, wonderful mother, beloved sister, auntie, sister, and all the wonderful things," vigil organizer and community leader Charles Willis said.

Dickens' son remembered his mom as someone who always cared.

"Always there for me and my brother," her son said. "She put things aside for me and him and I’m grateful for that."

Dickens' sister Jolinda said she felt empty and left with questions as to what caused the fire.

"I don’t sleep at night. I don’t eat, I don’t do anything until I find out exactly what happened," Jolinda said.

Richmond fire officials said one man was able to get out of the home, but Dickens was trapped.

Jolinda said Dickens was visually impaired.

As she and family members continue to look for answers, they hope others will keep on out on other another in hopes of preventing something like this from happening again.

“Check on your neighbors. If you hear something wrong, if you see something wrong, if you feel like somebody is living in a house that shouldn’t be there, say something," Jolinda said.

Shene's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with burial costs. Investigators are working to determine the cause of this fire.