Electric blankets to blame for deadly house fire in Lone Jack - KCTV5

Electric blankets to blame for deadly house fire in Lone Jack

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A 90-year-old Lone Jack woman has died after two electric blankets caught fire in her home. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5 News) A 90-year-old Lone Jack woman has died after two electric blankets caught fire in her home. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5 News)
LONE JACK, MO (KCTV) -

A 90-year-old Lone Jack woman has died after two electric blankets caught fire in her home.

Firefighters say they alerted themselves to the call after a small white home on Main Street went up in flames Friday Night.

Lone Jack Fire Chief David Kelsey said the fire spread to the mattress and the rest of the bedroom. The smoke was so thick, it killed the owner, Lucille West.

“They said we need to get in there and look for her,” Kelsey said.

West lived across the street from the fire station for as long as Kelsey can remember.

She was found in the living room unconscious on the couch. Fire crews busted through the outside wall and through the roof to stop the flames from spreading.

“And, it actually caused some slight blistering to the house next door to the west,” Kelsey said.

Investigators say West kept the two blankets on all day, not just at night.

Kelsey says the house did not have smoke detectors.

West meant a lot of the Lone Jack Fire Department, and she was more than a neighbor.

"She kind of looked after the station," Kelsey said. “She would come over and shut the doors for the crews when they would be out on a call at night.”

Kelsey says crews did everything they could to save her, but she died at a local hospital.

“(She) took care of us, and we tried to look after her," he said.

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