Lone survivor of Riddle house fire released from hospital

Tabitha and Jimmy Howell on their wedding day. (Courtesy Howell family)

MONROE, Ore. -- A Riddle man who lost his family in a house fire has been released from the hospital.

Family members say Jimmy Howell is doing well and still undergoing physical therapy.

He was a wrestling coach in Riddle and says he hopes to get back to coaching as soon as possible.

He was also a foster parent. One of his foster children died in the fire along with Jimmy's wife and four other children.

His family says since his release, Jimmy went back to Riddle to thank first responders and see his house.

Nothing from the fire was salvageable.

There are several events happening for the family in the next few months:

  • April 14: Monroe High School is hosting a dinner and auction fundraiser.
  • May 6: A celebration of life for the family will take place in Roseburg.
  • August 12: A benefit concert will take place at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
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