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Treasure Brighon, 8-year-old Buffalo girl who was severely burned in February fire

Aug. 13, 2007 – April 24, 2016

The funeral service for Treasure Brighon, the little girl who was badly burned in a house fire two months ago, will be held 10 a.m. Monday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

Treasure fought for her life for 65 days in the pediatric burn center at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, where she died Sunday after suddenly developing complications.

She was 8.

Before dawn on Feb. 19, a fire broke out in the house that Treasure and her family had moved into just a couple of weeks earlier.

Demetrius Johnson, who was her mother’s fiancé and like a father to Treasure, found her on the floor and carried her to safety. Johnson also helped get Treasure’s mother, Tempest Thomas, and their younger son, DeMeriuse, 1, out of the house. Johnson then went back into the burning house for his 3-year-old son, DeMetrius Jr.

Firefighters found DeMetrius unconscious on a couch, and he was revived. They located Johnson a few minutes later near the couch, but it was too late. Another man, Juan Montanez, also died in the fire.

Fire investigators said the blaze was caused by electrical problems in the kitchen.

Thomas remembered her daughter as a bubbly girl who always wanted to help. Treasure loved to dance and to play with her dog, King, who also survived the fire. Her favorite movie was “Frozen.”

“She had a heart of gold,” Thomas said. “She’ll always be missed, well-respected and loved.”

Treasure will be buried next to Johnson in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

She is survived by her mother, two brothers and a grandmother, Cathy Taylor.

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