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Family happy to have each other after fire destroys home, belongings

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

More than a week after firefighters rescued a child from a burning home in Independence, MO, the family is dealing with the loss of their home and other problems caused by the fire.

The Johnson family lost everything from furniture, household items and their home. Although they must start over, the one thing they said they do have is each other.

Tommy, Logan and Savannah Johnson are familiar with the inside of a hospital. All three have spent their young years getting treatments at Children's Mercy Hospital.

"All three of our kids have special needs," mother Christina Johnson said.

Logan, 2, had open heart surgery twice. His 3-year-old sister receives injections every three weeks for precocious puberty and 4-year-old Tommy is autistic. Now, on top of their regular doctor visits, the children are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire destroyed their Independence home over a week ago.

Smoke inhalation can have long term effects said their doctor Kirsten Weltmer, effects like coughing and wheezing.

"Logan and Savannah have fully recovered. Tommy seems to be showing some signs of respiratory symptoms," Weltmer said.

Christina Johnson was at home Monday Dec. 3 about 7:30 a.m. when the fire started - they believe from a faulty clothes dryer. She could only grab two children at a time. 

"I ran outside to give them to a neighbor. By the time I went back in, there was too much smoke," she said.

Fire crews saved little Savannah who was in a closed room. Their father, Aaron Johnson, raced home after working an overnight, 12-hour maintenance shift. His work boots are the only shoes he has. Their furniture and Christmas presents under the tree are all gone.

"We have three presents for the kids we were able to save. But we have them (the kids) so that's our Christmas," Christina Johnson said.

It will be a long road to recovery, physically and mentally, but the Johnson's are surrounded by support.

"We have so many people supporting us, from our church, our school has been amazing," Christina Johnson said.

If you'd like to help the family, their church has been assisting. You can call 816-356-7400.

Click here to read the previous story on the Johnson family.

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