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Point Pleasant, WV community planning homecoming for Tre Smith

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Tre Smith is coming home after being in a hospital for several months recovering from burns to his body. Tre Smith is coming home after being in a hospital for several months recovering from burns to his body.
POINT PLEASANT, WV -

This weekend marks a major milestone for a family from Point Pleasant, West Virginia that lost a child and an adult daughter in a fire.

26-year-old Tiffany Grant and 11-year-old Braxton Smith died as a result of the injuries they received in the fire in January of 2014.

Another child, 14-year-old Tre Smith, has been at Shriner's Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio since the fire recovering from severe burns to most of his body.

This weekend he is coming home.

"We've all been waiting for this day. He has been through a heck of a lot and he is a fighter," said Wally Smith, Tre's great uncle. "It has been a long painful journey with ups and downs. But the conclusion is right around the corner."

Thousands of people have followed Tre's recovery on social media. His strength has been an inspiration to many.

"There is some reason why God spared that boy," Wally Smith said. "He has plans for him. We don't know what yet but he has plans for him."

Now Tre is finally being released from the hospital. His family can't help daydreaming about the moment he arrives back in Point Pleasant.

The local fire department and People's Bank, Tre's mom's employer, have joined forces to organize a huge welcome home.

"We want both sides of the road," Wally Smith said. "We want the main drag to be nothing but people."

First responders from Point Pleasant and surrounding areas will escort Tre's family along the main road through Point Pleasant and to their home Saturday afternoon. Smith is hoping for a big crowd to show Tre he isn't alone as he moves forward with his recovery.

"He has touched a bunch of people," Wally Smith said. "Now it is our turn to show him what he means to all of us."

Tre and his family will be coming through town around 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Organizers want everyone in place by 1:45 p.m.

The event will be rain or shine.

Organizers want people to line the main street through town starting at the bridge coming into Point Pleasant and going all the way to 28th Street.

They are asking people to wear red or carry red ribbons or balloons. They are asking businesses and home owners along the route to decorate for the occasion.

The family was heading to the store to get supplies Thursday to make signs and banners to welcome Tre home. They are inviting others in the community to do the same.