- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 5-year-old girl who firefighters rescued from a burning Philadelphia townhome has died.

City health department spokesman Jeff Moran says Sophia Olsen died Saturday as a result of smoke inhalation.

The girl’s mother, Kristina Henes, tried numerous times to enter the burning northeast Philadelphia home Thursday to save her daughter, who was trapped in a second-floor bedroom.

Firefighters were finally able to reach Sophia, and she was placed on a ventilator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children because of severe smoke inhalation.

Her mother remains hospitalized at Temple University Hospital.

A family statement on the girl’s GoFundMe page says, “Sophia has gone to be with the angels; she will be forever loved and missed.”

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.


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