Wichita Fatal Fire Victim Identified

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wichita fire officials say a Monday morning fire that killed a 52-year-old woman has been ruled an accident.

Investigators today identified the victim as Deborah Bacon.

Investigators have determined Bacon was smoking in bed and may have fallen asleep. The cigarette set the mattress on fire. A smoke detector was installed in the home but the the device was so damaged by the fire that investigators can't tell whether it was working.

Fire officials say this is the first fire fatality in 2012 in the city of Wichita. Last year, eight people were killed in Wichita fires. Four of those deaths were caused by careless smoking.

UPDATE: February 27, 2012

Fire investigators say the person killed in an early morning house fire was a 52-year-old woman.

Firefighters were called to 2203 S. Ida around 4:30 a.m. Fire crews have been called to the same location three times in eight months. The previous two fires were blamed on a person smoking while on oxygen.

Investigators have ruled out oxygen as the cause for today's fire, but said it could have been started by smoking in bed.

The fire appears to have started on a mattress in the front room. The woman's body was found near the back door. Her name has not been released.

Damage to the home is estimated at $35,000 and damage to contents of the home is estimated at $15,000.

February 27, 2012

One person has been killed in a house fire in South Wichita.

Fire crews were called to the scene in the 2200 block of South Ida around 4:30 a.m. Monday. No other details were immediately available.

KAKE News has a crew on the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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