Storytellers: Miraculous recovery for woman severely burned in motel fire

9NEWS @ 10. 9/18/2016

KUSA - Months after a motel fire left her with critical burns over most of her body, Desirae Garcia did something few envisioned the mother ever doing.

She walked out of the burn unit at Swedish Medical Center on her own two feet.


The fire at the Bar X Motel on West Colfax Avenue in the spring made headlines most noticeably because of cell phone video numerous people recorded of it.

"There's someone still in there!" a witness repeatedly yelled.

Seconds later, Garcia emerged from the flames and slowly stumbled across the motel's parking lot.

Close to 70 percent of her skin had either burned or was still burning at the time.

When she arrived at Swedish, staff openly wondered if she'd survive.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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