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Injured firefighter urges help for family of children who died in Meadowview fire

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LaDonna Lee, who lost two of her children in a house fire in south Sacramento on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, shares her thoughts about the tragedy and her belief that her daughter, Ire Johnson, 11, and son, Israel Johnson, 6, are at peace.
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LaDonna Lee, who lost two of her children in a house fire in south Sacramento on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, shares her thoughts about the tragedy and her belief that her daughter, Ire Johnson, 11, and son, Israel Johnson, 6, are at peace.

The Sacramento Fire Department has identified Scott Franklin as the firefighter/paramedic who suffered burns Tuesday battling a house fire that killed two children in the Meadeowview area.

Franklin suffered first- and second-degree burns to his ears and face. He was treated at UC Davis Medical Center and released late Tuesday morning, according to a Fire Department news release.

Although Franklin was wearing his entire complement of protective equipment, heavy fire and high heat conditions were encountered just inside the front door, making the firefight difficult, fire officials said.

Franklin, 42, is a nine-year veteran of the Sacramento Fire Department and has been working at Engine 16 in the Meadowview neighborhood for more than five years. He is married and the father of two children. Fire officials said Franklin will receive follow-up treatment for his burns and is expected to return to full duty in two to three weeks.

Franklin issued a written statement, saying, “I’m happy to be home with my family and am doing well, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work. My thoughts and condolences are with the family who lost their two young children. The attention should be given to them. I am hopeful that the community and the media will focus on helping that family in their time of need.”

Franklin encouraged people to make donations to the Cole Memorial Fund that has been established to help the family of 11-year-old Ire Johnson and 6-year-old Israel Johnson. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo location.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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