The Shawnee News-Star
  • Woman suffers smoke inhalation in Sunday night blaze

  • A 54-year-old woman died Sunday when her Pottawatomie County home caught fire, making her death the second fire fatality in 2013.
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    a 54-year-old woman died sunday when her pottawatomie county home caught fire, making her death the second fire fatality in 2013.
    joann sellars, assistant state fire marshal, said the fire occurred at a mobile home in a rural area west of shawnee. a passing motorist reported the blaze. when mcloud fire crews arrived at the scene, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames, sellars said.
    the woman’s body was found near an exit of that home, she said.
    the woman was positively identified monday as karen mason, said amy elliott, spokeswoman for the office of the chief medical examiner.
    mason’s cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation and thermal burns, elliott said, and the manner of death is considered an accident.
    sellars, who said mason was the only occupant of the home, said the mobile home was destroyed by the blaze.
    two state fire marshal agents have investigated cause of the fire. sellars said those agents have determined the fire originated in the living room area, but cause of the blaze has been listed as undetermined.
    pottawatomie county sheriff mike booth also had deputies at that scene. he said there is nothing suspicious about the blaze requiring further investigation.
    the woman’s death is the second fire-related death in pottawatomie county this year.
    martin j. king, 44, of tecumseh, died of smoke inhalation when a fire occurred at his home early last month.
    a passerby also saw and reported that blaze.
    firefighters remind all residents to have a working smoke detector in their homes. crews recommend installing fresh batteries every six months and testing those smoke alarms each month.

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