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Girl Injured in Medford Apartment Fire Dies, Family Confirms

5-year-old Olivia Chapman, who was carried from a burning apartment building by firefighters on November 2, has passed away. However, her family says that she will be saving other children.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2018 6:08 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2018 6:23 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Firefighters saved 5-year-old Olivia Chapman from the burning Cedar Tree apartment buildings on November 2. Now Olivia's family has confirmed that she succumbed to her injuries, yet she'll be doing her own part to save other children in the process.

Olivia's family and Medford Police confirmed to NewsWatch 12 on Monday that Olivia had died. She was in a Portland hospital, receiving treatment for burns over more than half of her body.

"I don't remember the last time they said what percent of her body," said Kate Soldan, Olivia's aunt. "But her lungs were burnt, her face, her arms, her legs..."

On Sunday, Chapman's family made the decision to donate Olivia's organs to three different young patients — in hopes that the disaster that cost Olivia her life might buy other children a second chance.

"And that right there was the best thing in the world. Olivia would give you the coat off her back if it was two degrees outside just because you needed a coat," Soldan said.

Firefighters pulled Olivia from the burning apartment building along with her 3-year-old sister, Amelia. While Amelia was hospitalized in Medford for smoke inhalation, she seems to be making a fast recovery — even paying a visit with her mother to the firefighters that saved her.

The cause of the fire remains a mystery at this time, authorities say. Investigators believe that the fire originated in the apartment of Tonya Johnson — a woman who was hit by a car the night before the fire began. However, Johnson has remained hospitalized and so far has not been able to aid the investigation.

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