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HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area woman whose mother and three children were killed last week during the state's widespread power outages says she hopes to use money from a fundraising campaign to increase awareness about fire safety.

Jackie Nguyen, 41, said that amid frigid conditions she was using a fireplace to keep the family warm in their home in Sugar Land, Texas.

Nguyen, the only survivor from her house fire, lost her three kids, Olivia, 11, Edison, 8, and Colette Nguyen, 5, and her mother, the children’s grandmother, Loan Le, on Feb. 16, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Sugar Land firefighters responded to a fire at around 2 a.m. at the family's red-brick home engulfed in flames. The fire was reported by a neighbor, said Doug Adolph, a city spokesman.

“Obviously they were trying to stay warm,” Adolph said at the time. “We can’t say that’s what the cause was, we just think we know they were using a fireplace.”

Nearly a week after the fire, there are no updates on the investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Nguyen said she hopes to use the money fundraised by her school community at Rice University where she expects to finish her MBA program, to honor her children and either start a foundation or give contributions to existing charities.

Her family also launched a GoFundMe page with the “aim to to create a foundation in the children’s honor to provide tuition assistance at St. Laurence Catholic School and to raise awareness about fire safety.”

The separate fundraisers had taken in a total of more than $528,000 as of Monday evening.

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Dad ‘holds wife & two kids hostage for hours before killing them & abducting baby days after filing for divorce’

A FATHER held his wife and her two kids hostage for hours before killing them and abducting his baby, days after filing for divorce.

Police said Bobby McCulley killed his estranged wife, Roseann, and her two children on Friday morning in St. Louis County, Missouri, and attempted to flee before killing himself as well.

4Roseann McCulley and two of her children were killedCredit: Facebook Roseann McCulley 4Police say Bobby McCulley fatally shot his estranged wife and her childrenCredit: St. Louis County Police Department

The man had been at his wife's home with her and the children, 13-year old Kayden Johnson and 6-year-old Kaylee Books, for hours before he killed them and took off with his 1-year-old daughter, police said.

The kidnapping prompted an AMBER alert, which was canceled after police found the missing baby safe at a relative's house around 5am on Saturday, according to local station KAMR.

When police were able to close in on the suspect, McCulley shot himself around 9am on Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Roseann McCulley has previously shared with friends on Facebook that her husband would beat her, a friend told KMOV4.

4A friend said Roseann documented some of the abuse on her FacebookCredit: Facebook Roseann McCulley 4The two children who were killed were just 13 and 6 years oldCredit: Facebook Roseann McCulley

She recently shared that he had beaten her so badly, and "stomped" on her chest and abdomen, that she had to be hospitalized and given a morphine drip, the friend said.

A week later, Bobby McCulley reportedly signed into his wife's Facebook and wrote: "Everyone enjoying the show! More to come."

The friend told the outlet that she tried to convince Roseann to leave her home on Thursday night, but the victim didn't want to. The women instead agreed to keep contact with each other by phone.

Roseann stopped answering on Thursday night with the exception of one text at around 10.30pm - but the friend said she believed it was Bobby using his wife's phone since it did not sound like her.

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During a press conference on Friday, the St Louis County Police Department said that there had been a complaint filed against Bobby McCulley in 2017, but police did not have victim cooperation or evidence to more forward.

Police said that McCulley was not the biological father of the two children he killed.

He reportedly filed from divorce from his wife in February.

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