Family spreads word about fire safety 1 year after girl's death - KCTV5

Family spreads word about fire safety 1 year after girl's death

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Family and friends of an 8-year-old girl killed in a fire launched purple balloons in her memory.

One year ago, Taylor Jackson died when a fire broke out at a friend's house where she was staying the night.  The house did not have working smoke detectors.

According to fire investigators, the smoke alarm in the residence had been disabled a week before the fire. The resident was in the process of replacing the alarm but had not yet completed the replacement when the tragedy occurred.

Rescuers began a search of the residence and located Taylor in a second-story bedroom and carried her from the duplex. She was rushed to an area hospital where she later died.

"We're trying to start a campaign called Taylor Your Home for Safety, and get the word out there to make sure there are smoke detectors," Taylor's mother, Terri Jackson, said.

Girl Scouts from Taylor's troop and family will be at a fire station at West 124th and Hemlock streets Saturday to help promote fire safety.

Taylor was a third-grader at Apache Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Authorities say people should call their local fire department if they have any questions about where to place smoke detectors.

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