Dr. Todd Thoma says 24-year-old John Johnson died of smoke inhalation in the blaze that destroyed a home in the 3000 block of West Cavett Street just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17th.
Firefighters broke the news to the family of Marine reservist John Johnson that he had passed away. "Once the fire truck started leaving and the coroner van pulled up. It started to set into reality like, you know, my brother is gone," says John's brother, Bryten Johnson.
The charred remains left at the house are a dark reminder of what happened early that morning. John Johnson was one of four people in the house when it caught on fire, three of those people got out. Johnson in a fight for his life, made it just outside the back door.
"I know he's a fighter and I feel like knowing my brother he wouldn't have given up so just him getting halfway out of the house and halfway in, I felt like you know he tried his best and he didn't give up," says Bryten Johnson.
He also says John was the oldest of five, the rock and the heartbeat of a close and God-fearing family. While his brother may be gone, Bryten and his family rely on faith.
"We're being comforted by prayers and by god so that's where our strength is coming from he would want us to be happy and excited know that he lived his life to the fullest."
John's 12-year-old sister Scharda Mims adds "He was like really funny and stuff. He was like a real impact on my life. He was like a role model. I really cared about him."
It was indeed a fire that took John's life, but now what burns the hottest is his family's faith as to why this happened and why John was taken so soon.
"God has a way of taking people from here and to heaven so I know that he is in a better place."
The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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