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Shawna Yates and Jordan Chowning were best friends since they grew up together in Florida. Yates learned of Chowning’s death in an Ashland house fire through a mutual friend. (Contributed photo)

Shawna Yates was supposed to reconnect with her childhood friend – her best friend – just a few weeks ago.

She and Jordan Chowning grew up together in Jacksonville, Florida where they intended to meet up in late May when Jordan made a visit back home. But one thing led to another, plans got changed and they never managed to get together.

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dan Chowning, second from left, Shawna Yates, second from right, and Crystal Marsh, far right, with friends during happier times. (Contributed photo)

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The gofundme site started to raise money for funeral expenses includes this image of the Chowning family members lost in the July 5 fire.

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Firefighters arrived at the home on Sixth Street West minutes after the fire was reported.

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