A 6-year-old girl in critical condition since a fire swept through her Laffer Avenue home on May 9 is now breathing on her own, an acquaintance authorized to speak for the girl’s family said Friday.

Sharon Connor, a member and past president of the RIGHT (Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together) Committee in Goodyear Heights, said she was with the girl’s family on Thursday soon after a breathing tube was removed.

“She’s off the ventilator [and] she’s breathing on her own,” said Connor. “Her eyes are open and she’s doing very well.”

The Seiberling student was in the basement of her home when the fire struck. Her father attempted to retrieve her, but burned his arm in the process.

“He did get his arm treated and it’s doing better,” Connor said.

Firefighters arrived about 7 p.m. and rescued the girl. She was immediately sent to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Connor and RIGHT are attempting to help the family, which is staying at Children’s Ronald McDonald House. The girl has three siblings: an older sister, 13; an older brother, 11; and a younger brother, 2.

“Most everything they had were destroyed in the fire,” Connor said. “They’ve been able to retrieve their car keys and that’s about it.”

Connor, who works at Miller South, where the two older children attend school, said school representatives visited the family to give support. The children have returned to school.

Connor said early Friday night that she spoke to the girl's father and the the girl's condition continues to improve.

"They are hoping to move her out of intensive care tomorrow or the next day," she said.

For its part, RIGHT has identified a house the family could use if needed, and is trying to acquire furniture and other items it might need.

“That’s what we do in the neighborhood,” Connor said. “We help each other.”

She said the girl’s improvement on Thursday was an emotional lift for the family.

“This is the first really good sign we’ve had since it happened,” Connor said. “She was looking around the room, she was holding her sister’s hand. They were talking to her and she was following them with her eyes.”

Connor said a GoFundMe account was opened for the family and had raised about $1,000 by Friday afternoon. The account can be reached at https://bit.ly/2YAHp01.

Connor said the girl’s parents are grateful for the help they’ve received.

“They deserve some stability,” Connor said. “They have been through a lot for a younger couple.”

Earlier this week, a fire department spokeswoman said the department continues to investigate the cause of the fire.