BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An 8-year-old girl, who managed to survive for more than two months after being badly burned in a massive Buffalo fire and died from her injuries late Sunday night, was remembered Tuesday by family and friends.
Treasure Brighon suffered burns to more than 90 percent of her body in the Feb. 19 fire, while her father, Demetrius Johnson, Sr., 24, saved her from the deadly blaze that took his life that day on Humber Avenue.
More than two dozen people gathered at the site of the fire, which is now a muddy, vacant corner lot on Humber Avenue.
Johnson’s two other children were injured in the fire as well, but not to Treasure’s degree — Demetrius Jr., 3, suffered smoke inhalation, and was released from Women and Children’s Hospital within a few days.
After immediately being treated at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, Treasure was flown to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Cincinnati for further care at their highly acclaimed pediatric burn unit.
Treasure’s mother, Tempest Thomas, said she and her daughter were talking and watching cartoons on Saturday and Sunday, and she was getting ready for yet another surgery Monday.
But her lungs began filling with fluid Sunday afternoon, and despite doctors’ efforts, her young heart stopped, and she was pronounced dead at approximately 11:15 p.m.