Myersville Fire Victims to Build Playground in Honor of Young Sisters

Published 05/17 2013 07:38PM

Updated 05/17 2013 08:01PM

FREDERICK, MD - It's been nearly four months since the Lillard family tragically lost their two little girls when there house caught fire.

Last night the Myersville family received approval from the Frederick Board of Alderman to establish Sophie and Madigan's Playground. The memorial park will be seven acres and it will be on the current VFW property.

Sophie Lillard would have been seven years old Wednesday. Madigan was just three years old.

The fire was ruled accidental, and autopsy reports show the two died from smoke inhalation.

The Lillards and two of their other children survived the blaze.

They say building the park will not only keep their daughters memories alive, but help them recover.

"Outdoors, and playground and slides and everything you find in a park, one of the things Sophie and Madigan loved so much," says Jack Lillard. "As a family, for us being able to go somewhere like Baker Park and just you know spend time outside together, on the playground is what we enjoyed, so it's a way that we can still feel that connection to them."

The family says bringing this park to the area is also a way for them to give back to the community and that has shown an outpour of support towards them over the last few months.

You can donate to support Sophie and Madigan's Playground online at

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