Grandfather of Three Fire Victims to be Laid to Rest with Children

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An Ohio family grieving the loss of three children in a mobile home fire is faced with more tragedy. Another family member died in a car accident on their way to help plan the children’s funerals.

Marc Royce and his wife, Misty, died after an SUV hit their car head on on U.S. 23 in Circleville. Royce, of Columbus, was the grandfather of the three young children who died in a mobile home fire in Scioto County last weekend.

Royce was on his way to Wheelersburg to help his daughter plan the children’s funerals when a Ford Escape crossed the median and struck his car. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office says Royce died at the scene. His wife later died at OSU Medical Center. There were three children in the car, including a six-month-old infant. They were taken to Columbus Children’s Hospital in stable condition.

Officials say a woman from West Virginia swerved to miss debris in the road and lost control of the SUV. The woman and another passenger underwent surgery for their injuries.

Royce’s grandchildren, three-year-old Dwayne Stacey, two-year-old Emily Stacey and 11-month-old Alexis Stacey all died in a fire Saturday. State Fire Marshal investigators say the fire was caused by a kerosene heater that was too close to a wall or flammable materials. The children’s and Royce’s funerals all are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday in Oak Hill.