Organs of young fire victim being donated
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Balloons, stuffed animals and cards are placed at the front door of 25 South Kennedy Drive from where 6-year old Madison Arner was carried out Saturday night. Despite a heroic rescue by firefighters, she later succumbed to her injuries.
Six-year-old Madison Arner died following a fire at her residence in McAdoo on Saturday night.
While her death is certainly heartbreaking, it will be giving other children a second chance at life.
Paul F. Hoffman Sr., chief deputy coroner in Lehigh County, said Madison's family has consented "to organ donation to help other children in need."
Hoffman pronounced the child dead at 8:25 a.m. yesterday. He ruled the cause of death was "complications of smoke inhalation."
Madison was the daughter of John Arner of Nesquehoning and Lorraine Searfoss of McAdoo.
Three other people were injured in the fire, including Lorraine. Also injured were Dylan Danko, 21, and Savannah Searfoss, 16.
All reportedly have been released after receiving hospital treatment.
The fire happened at 25 South Kennedy Drive in McAdoo, across the street from the McAdoo Fire Department.
Members of the fire department reportedly were cleaning up from a block party and observed the flames at the residence.
Firefighters kicked in the door of the dwelling. They also grabbed ladders and placed them at each window in an effort to rescue the occupants.
Investigators said the fire was electrical in nature.
Today, stuffed animals and other tokens of condolences were in front of the burned residence.
McAdoo Assistant Fire Chief Robert Leshko said the fire company is accepting monetary donations for the fire victims.
Donations can be sent to: McAdoo Fire Company Inc., Attention fire victims, P. O. Box 116, McAdoo, PA 18237.