Mid-August house fire claims rescued woman

By Zach McNulty
Atchison Globe – August 31, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – September 27, 2016

Rita Mosher, 79, of Atchison, was unresponsive but alive when she was pulled out of her smoke-filled home by her son and an Atchison police officer around 2 p.m. on August 18.

On Friday, August 26, she passed away at Olathe Hospice House as a result of the blaze.

Interim Fire Chief for the Atchison Fire Department Ted Graf said crews encountered thick, dense black smoke on Wednesday, August 18 at 9043 K-7 Highway, where they were dispatched on a call of smoke in the house and of a person potentially inside the residence and unaccounted for.

Mosher was being pulled from the residence by her son and an Atchison police officer upon AFD’s arrival, Graf said, but she was unresponsive and showed signs of respiratory distress. She was transported by helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

Inside her home, firefighters found and extinguished a small fire contained to a bedroom. The fire had caused no structural damage but had consumed pieces of bedroom furniture.

Earlier that day, Graf said Mosher’s son had encountered smoke in the house when he returned from work. He called 911 and located his mother in the living room, adjacent to the room that caught fire.

He helped pull her from the home, but she died on Friday from the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but the origin was a bed. Graf said based on the damage, the fire may have been burning for an hour before emergency crews were alerted. He said synthetic materials in furniture or decor output many “lethal products” that can asphyxlate.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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