- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

MERCERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Nearly all the residents of a central Pennsylvania town gathered to welcome home an 8-year-old girl who’d spent the last two years in the hospital recovering from burns she suffered in a house fire.

The people of Mercersburg gave Reese Burdette the star treatment on Friday, holding signs, decking out the town and themselves in purple - her favorite color - and cheering her arrival home from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She’d been in the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital since the 2014 fire.

A fan caused a fire at her grandparents’ home. Over 35 percent of her body was burned and she suffered extreme smoke inhalation.

She arrived home Friday in a white SUV and was escorted through Mercersburg by fire engines.

She waved and smiled at crowds from a back seat window.

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