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Fundraiser for Long Street Fire Victim

Updated: Wednesday, April 17 2013, 10:48 AM EDT
COLUMBUS (AP) -- A central Ohio school is collecting donations and having fundraisers to help with funeral expenses for a student who saved her month-old daughter from a fire but died two days later.
  
The Columbus district says Acairia Watkins was a sophomore at Columbus Alternative High School, where she played the viola with the orchestra.

Proceeds from the orchestra's concert tomorrow will benefit Watkins' family, and students also are collecting loose change.
  
Watkins' funeral is set for Monday afternoon.
  
Her family says Watkins died of her injuries Sunday, two days after the duplex fire that also killed a 28-year-old woman.
  
Relatives and witnesses said Watkins saved her daughter by putting the baby on the roof of the porch to be rescued by firefighters.

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Web Producer: Kellie Hanna

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COLUMBUS -- A second person rescued from a Friday morning fire has died at an area hospital.

Acairia Watkins, 16, was rescued from a burning duplex on East Long Street Friday morning. Watkins was taken to Children's Hospital along with her five-week-old baby. Watkins passed away as a result of her injuries Sunday afternoon.

The infant was checked out of Children's shortly after Watkins' death.

On Saturday, Daniesha Wilson, 28, died at OSU Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.

According to witnesses, Watkins saved her infant by placing the child on a porch roof. Watkins then went back inside the burning home; family members believe in an attempt to save Wilson.

Watkins will be remembered at Diehl-Wittaker Funeral Service at 720 East Long Street.

Watkins' family asks if you would like to contribute, send all donations to:

Diehl-Wittaker Funeral Service
720 E. Long St.
Columbus, OH 43203


Reporter: Shawn KlineFundraiser for Long Street Fire Victim


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