Woman dies from injuries after KCMO house fire

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 18:56:26-05

The woman an off-duty firefighter pulled an from a burning home has died. 

The Kansas City Fire Department was called to the 10600 block of North Marsh Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

A neighbor told 41 Action News an off-duty firefighter knocked down the door and pulled a woman out of the burning house. 

Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department firefighter Ryan Cummings pulled the woman from the home. He is a 14-year veteran with the department.

Off-duty Kansas City Missouri Fire Department (KCFD) firefighter Ryan Cummings from Station 25, Rescue 1 pulled out the unconscious woman from the burning house. His wife, a nurse at North Kansas City Hospital administered CPR.

Posted by Andres Gutierrez on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cummings said he and his wife were driving past the house when he noticed something wasn't right. He said a neighbor told him a woman lived there with her daughter. 

“Asked if the house was on fire and they said they didn’t know the doors were locked, I ran down to the house and grabbed a couple things to try and help open up the doors,” said Cummings.

When he was inside, he conducted a search of the home.

Cummings said there was thick smoke, and he found the woman unconscious in the kitchen. He was able to bring her out to the front yard with the help of another person. 

“Grabbed a hold of her, she was unresponsive, slid her towards the front door and about that time there was another gentlemen that was there and he helped me finish getting her out the rest of the way down the stairs,” said Cummings. 

Cummings said his wife, who is a nurse, performed CPR on the woman. The woman was then transported to a local hospital where she later died, officials said. 

The cause of the fire has not been determined.


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