Parents Remember 18-Month-Old Girl Killed In Fire

Posted on: 4:13 pm, December 11, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:46pm, December 12, 2013

An 18-month-old Clarksville girl was killed in an apartment fire Wednesday afternoon. Now her parents are left reliving that day and reflecting on the loss of their daughter, Chezleigh Alana Reign Wood.

The fire started about 12:15 p.m. at an eight unit complex on Cemetery Street, said Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson.

“The only thing else I could have done, was get her out of that room. And I didn’t do it,” said Chris Wood, the toddler’s father.

Donaldson said he believes the fire started inside the unit where the child was killed. He said three units were destroyed. The remaining units sustained smoke damage.

“She was just the best little girl I could ever ask for,” said the toddler’s mother, Destiny Wood. “I just wish I had more time with her.”

The toddler’s father and two other children were able to make it out of the apartment safely, according to Donaldson.

“I should have been able to get to her,” said Chris Wood.  “A father should have been able to get to his daughter.”

No other injuries were reported.

The girl’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab.

Donaldson said foul play is not suspected. Investigators with Arkansas State Police are assisting Clarksville police with the investigation.

A visitation has been scheduled for Monday (Dec. 16), from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Clarksville Funeral Home. The funeral is set to be held Tuesday (Dec. 17) at noon.

5 comments

  • Billie Nichols says:

    My heart goes out to this family. Praying for them.

  • Elizabeth Fox says:

    The scene was horrible. I hope the family will be able to go on. praying for them

  • diana ontiveros says:

    For the fire that happened this week in Clarksville they are other familys that need help tjat also lived there thwy lost all thwy had witch was not much but if you can please ask the community to help them get back on there feet like cloths shoes etc all the small things we take for granted are the things they dont have please anything will help .

  • Marie VanDyke says:

    My heart breaks for the family of the little girl who died. You are all in my prayers. And, yes, all those families need help. My 2 nephews, (ages 5 and 11) and their mother lost everything. I am doing what I can and ralling others to do the same. There are so many big and little things needed. My nephews only have the clothes they wore to school that day, and I am sure the other familes are in the same situation. Their mother works so hard for what they had and now has nothing; and has everything-each other. We are all so grateful and thankful for what they do have, and pray for the opportunity and strength to get back what they don’t. I know it pales in comparison to the family who lost their little girl. Nothing can bring her back, but some help in their time of sorrow and need, can make their tough road ahead a little easier. All the families need whatever anyone can do. Please help… new/used… anything. Clothes, furniture, walmart gift cards, household goods, kitchen/bath items. I live in Texas and am trying to coordinate a person or location where anyone who wants to help can send or drop items. Please email me or call me at 972/896-3237 for more information. Thank you.

  • Marie VanDyke says:

    Donations are being accepted at the Journey Church on 625 S. Cline Street, Clarksville, AR, 479/647-3904. You can drop off, or call the church for any large items (furniture) to be picked up. Thank you very much. I know there is an account set up for my nephews and their mom at Centennial Bank for cash donations. Her name is Toni Shelton. I’m sure the other victims have similar accounts set up, but I do not know the information. If you call the church, they may be able to provide that information. Every little thing will help. Thank you again.

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