Parents and school officials we talked to said in this tight knit community, the death of five people is hitting hard, especially because four of them were just kids.
And figuring out how to talk about it is also difficult.
8–year–old Breana was the youngest victim, her classmate at Sherrard Elementary School is struggling with the news.
"My daughter, who is in 2nd grade with Breana, had a particularly difficult time with it. Her and Breana play at recess together and eat lunch together. So, my daughter was pretty upset about it," said local dad Shawn Slavish.
Slavish said the situation brought not only grief, but fear to his daughter.
"The biggest problem that my daughter was having after the initial shock was the fear that something like this could happen to her and how we could prevent a fire in our home," said Slavish.
Those kinds of emotions are why the Sherrard school district will have extra counselors on hand starting Monday.
"We've been on break so, when the kids come back, for some of them it may be the first time that they've seen their friends, and a lot of emotions will come back up," said Sherrard High School principal Garet Egel.
They admit dealing with a tragedy on this scale, won't be easy.
"How do you tell someone that things are going to be okay and they need to move on? It's going to be very difficult," said Superintendent Rebecca Rodocker.
But for parents like Shawn Slavish, faith is playing a big role in helping his daughter heal.
"She understands that she'll see Breana again someday in heaven, and that they'll be together and their friendship can continue someday I hope," he said.
Four out of five of the schools in Sherrard had students who were victims of the fire.
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