West York boy injured in fire that killed brother 'doing fantastic'

Brandon Addeo
York Dispatch
A home at 1567 Poplar Terrace in West York, Monday, July 5, 2021, was damaged by a fire on Saturday which claimed the life of Elijah Hawkins, 8. Bill Kalina photo

A 6-year-old West York boy's health is improving after he was hospitalized following a house fire last weekend that killed his older brother. 

Evan Hawkins is "doing fantastic," according to the charity Facebook page "Helping the Hawkins," which relayed a message from Evan's father, Jacob Hawkins.

The boy was taken to a Maryland hospital for treatment after his home in the 1500 block of West Poplar Terrace caught fire on July 3.

Evan's lungs were weakened from smoke inhalation, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and he needed tubes to assist his breathing, his family said. He also had been put on antibiotics and dealt with swelling in his neck. 

"Evan is doing fantastic," Jacob Hawkins wrote on Friday. "He is back on the oxygen tube and will be for at least a few more days. His lungs are starting to heal, and the swelling in his neck has gone down a lot.

"Now it's just a recovery and healing process," he continued. "Recovering from pneumonia can take some time. I'm just glad we finally had a great day. Please keep the support and prayers coming."

Evan's older brother, Elijah, 8, died from injuries he suffered in the house fire. 

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"From me, my wife, Britt, and Evan, we thank you and love every single one of you. But I do please ask to let us heal from our tragic loss," Jacob Hawkins wrote. "I want to thank every single one of you for the love and support, you have no idea how much it means to us."

A memorial stands at 1567 Poplar Terrace in West York, Monday, July 5, 2021. A fire at the home on Saturday claimed the life of Elijah Hawkins, 8. Bill Kalina photo

Donation update: A donation drive for the Hawkins family continues to help the family get back on its feet. 

The "Helping the Hawkins" page is soliciting donations of items such as paper products, nonperishable food and drink, school supplies and gift cards. The page says they do not need any more donations of: pots and pans, silverware, furniture, televisions, games, dog crates, blankets, toilet paper and storage containers.

People can drop off items at the West York Borough Police Station, 1381 W. Poplar St.

A companion GoFundMe page, "Help the Hawkins family," also continues to receive a steady flow of donations.

Since it began, more than 1,300 donors have given nearly $88,000 to the GoFundMe campaign. People can donate  by visiting: https://gofund.me/0c9ab418

West York Fire Department's Reliance Fire Co. firefighters held a benefit bingo night on Friday.  All proceeds are to be donated to the  family.