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Memorial set for young fire victims

The family of Louisville philanthropists Irv and Cathy Bailey will hold a memorial service for the Baileys' two grandsons who died in a fire Friday morning.

The memorial service for Solon L. Bailey, 12, and William T. "Liam" Bailey, 10, will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church on Wolf Pen Branch Road in Harrods Creek. Immediately following the service, a visitation will be held at the church in Graves Hall, according to a statement released by their family.

Solon and William, who were visiting with their parents from Barre, Vt., died in the early morning fire Friday that destroyed Irv and Cathy Bailey's home in eastern Jefferson County.

Irv Bailey, a prominent businessman, and Cathy Bailey, who is active in Republican politics and served as the U.S. ambassador to Latvia from 2005 to 2008, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at University of Louisville Hospital and were released early Saturday.

Three firefighters also were hospitalized. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"The Bailey family wishes to thank the firefighters, medical personnel, emergency workers, neighbors and friends who assisted them during this tragedy," family spokesman Scott Jennings said in the release. "The Bailey family is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from the Louisville community and from their friends around the world."

In lieu of flowers, the Bailey family is requesting donations in Solon and Liam's names to support children's education programs. Contributions can be sent to: The Beauregard Foundation: Solon and Liam Fund; c/o Chrysalis Ventures; 101 S. 5th St.; Suite 1650; Louisville, Ky 40202.

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