Firefighters Get Visit from Girl Injured in Cedar Tree Apartment Fire

Medford Fire-Rescue had a special visitor today — one of the girls that they helped to save from a burning apartment building just one week ago.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2018 3:24 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 3:56 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Firefighters with Medford Fire-Rescue (MFR) received a special visitor at their fire station today — a 3-year-old girl that they helped to save from an apartment fire last week.

"We received a sweet surprise this week — a special visit from Amelia and her family," MFR said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Amelia was one of several children who were rescued from the flames at Cedar Tree Apartments in Medford by firefighters on November 2. Both Amelia and her 5-year-old sister were saved from their bedroom by the firefighters after the apartment was almost entirely engulfed in flames. Amelia was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, but her sister had to be transported to Portland to receive treatment for burns.

The fire is believed to have started in a ground-level unit below the one where Amelia and her family were living. The resident of that apartment, 51-year-old Tonya Kaylee Johnson, was seriously injured after being hit by a car the night before. She was initially unidentified, and the connection between the two incidents would not be made until after the fire.

MFR says that Amelia is now "doing quite well" after treatment, and her 5-year-old sister is reportedly recovering as well.

"Thank you Amelia and family for stopping by to say hello," MFR said. "It was great to see you and provided us with comfort to know you are doing well."

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