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The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Honors Language Arts students of West Sedona School are writing about the kinds of topics more typical of Oscar-winning films than grade school classrooms.“Basically, it’s...

What started out as an enjoyable evening of barbecuing unknowingly became the moment Sedona resident Leilani VanArsdale visits her father, Raphael Elonas VanArsdale, aka Amariah Raphael, while be recovers from burns sustained Jan. 4 in Sedona. Raphael Elonas VanArsdale, aka Amariah Raphael, would begin the fight for his life.

On Jan. 4, while lighting his propane barbecue, the tank exploded and caught him and the back of his house on fire.  Raphael’s fiancee was in the house at the time.

“It was horrible. He ran into the house with his skin dripping off of him and bleeding. He grabbed the hose and put the fire out by himself. He was still in shock,” Raphael’s fiancee Marji Gucci said. Raphael suffered severe burn injuries on 62 percent of his body. He was evacuated by air to the intensive care unit at the Arizona Burn Center of Maricopa Medical Center. He is still in recovery and has undergone more than 10 skin graph surgeries.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 13, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • Arthur Godfrey

    Speedy recovery there sir!

  • Sylvia Strobel

    Amariah was one of my main volunteers when I was the Director of the Sedona Food Bank. A great guy. So sorry this happened but he is a fighter and I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

  • Job Watson

    I just found out today, I'm glad to see you are going to be ok my friend!

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