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Sad Story - Important Lesson for families
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Exclamation Sad Story - Important Lesson for families - April 26, 2006, 09:13 AM

I just read this and thought about how important it is to have an emergency meeting place if you have children or otherwise in case of fire or other emergency. If this family had one... this tragedy may have been averted. Just thought it was important to remind people... be safe.

STEELTON, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl who escaped a house fire early Tuesday died after running back inside to find her mother, authorities said.
The youngster did not realize that her mother had jumped to safety from a second-floor window.

Firefighters found the body of little Da-Onah Watts under a bed on the second floor.
Da-Onah and a 13-year-old cousin had been asleep on the first floor when they awoke to flames and ran from the house, said Police Chief Kenneth Lenker.

The older girl, Nesha Barely, lost her grip on Da-Onah as they escaped, Lenker said. Nesha told authorities Da-Onah kept yelling for her mother and went back in to try to find her.

A neighbor summoned help, but the heat and flames were too intense for police or firefighters to get inside. The home was destroyed.

Da-Onah's mother, Myiaa Smith, 29, was not seriously hurt.
The fire appeared to be accidental and probably started in the laundry room, Fire Chief Gene Vance said.

Neighbor Evelyn Brubacher said Da-Onah was a sweet, well-behaved girl, and she and her mother were very close.

"Her mother watched her," Brubacher said. "A lot of kids in this alley, they just run and run. Not that one."

Steelton, just outside Harrisburg, has about 5,700 residents.

"This little kid played in the neighborhood. We waved at her," the police chief said. "Everybody knew her. It's a tragedy."

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April 26, 2006, 11:04 AM

Oh man. That is sad. Indeed, just talking to kids about what to do if... can make all the difference sometimes.

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April 26, 2006, 11:31 AM

Thats just down the road from where I went to college....PSU Harrisburg was in Middletown, just down 230 from Steelton...
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April 26, 2006, 11:39 AM

Wow, too sad. My prayers for the family..

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