Burned father fights for his life at Harborview, with loved ones by his side


by KREM.com


Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:49 AM

SPOKANE -- A man burned while saving his children in a house fire cannot speak or open his eyes, but is able to acknowledge the voices of his loved ones, family members said Wednesday.

Shawn Apperson was badly hurt when his house in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood caught fire around 7:00 Tuesday morning.

He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where doctors are treating him for burns to 75% of his body.

Apperson’s father said he and Shawn’s fiancé traveled to Seattle to be with him while he recovers.

Investigators are still determining what caused fire near Central and Haven, but officials said it likely started in the basement.

Family members said Apperson and fiancé Jessica Hammond broke a basement window and were able to get three children out of the house that way. Firefighters had to rescue Apperson and his three year-old son.

All four children (ages 1 - 5) and their mother were also treated. All but one of the children was released Tuesday.

The 3-year-old boy remains at a Spokane Hospital, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation. Family members said the little boy is expected to be moved off a breathing tube sometime Wednesday.

Many people have inquired about how to help this family, and Apperson’s father thanks the community for its support.

An account is set up at all INB braches in care of the Apperson family (account number is 43041458).

The family is also requesting clothing donations for the children: Sam (Boy-5T), Kayden (Boy-3T), Lainy (Girl-5T), Ella (Girl-12 to 18 months). Donations may be dropped off at the home of the children’s grandmother (Wendy): 5314 N. Washington.