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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Woman critical after being rescued from JoCo house fire

Posted: December 21, 2013 - 12:59pm
Updated: December 22, 2013 - 1:14am

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Firefighters from three area departments responded on a house fire Saturday afternoon.

A neighbor reported the fire at 11215 W. 70th Street in Shawnee around 12:45 p.m.. The address is near the intersection of 70th Street and Nieman Road.

Firefighters arrived to find flames visible inside the living room of the two story home.

While conducting an initial search of the residence, crews located a female down inside the room where the fire is believed to have started.

Firefighters rescued the woman and Johnson County Med-Act reported her to be in very critical condition when she was transported to Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control in about 15 minutes. No other injuries were reported.

Damages are estimated at $80,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire investigators found a smoke alarm inside the home but the battery had been removed.

The female resident, only identified as a female in her 50's, was transferred to the University of Kansas hospital's burn unit around 2:15 p.m..

Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands says, "Our thoughts are with the resident and her family right now. We will continue to investigate to find out how this fire started and why the resident was not able to get out."

The Shawnee Fire Department was assisted on the call by crews from the Overland Park Fire Department and Merriam Fire Department.

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