Kitchen fire sends woman to hospital
An early morning fire Sunday sent an elderly woman to the hospital and caused smoke and heat damage throughout her house at 510 S. Second St.
The owner of the home, A. C. Smith, called Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 at 7:50 a.m. Sunday to report a fire that had started in the kitchen. Lansing Police officer Billy Blackwell helped her to leave the house, and the fire was put out in 10 minutes by three fire truck crews.
Fire Chief Rick Huhn said Smith was the only person home at the time of the fire. He said she had apparently suffered smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, where she remained hospitalized Monday afternoon. A hospital spokeswoman said Smith was in fair condition and that she would be released Monday evening.
Huhn said the cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Monday afternoon. The last fire in Lansing that resulted in comparable damage occurred in November at the home of Lansing chiropractor Jay Carter on Wolcott Road, Huhn said.