Smoke inhalation kills victim of Leawood house fire

09/20/2013 5:22 PM

09/20/2013 5:57 PM

A Leawood resident rescued from her burning home Tuesday has died of smoke inhalation, fire officials said Friday.

The death of Diane Jakobe, 53, occurred Thursday, said Leawood Fire Marshal Gene Hunter.

Firefighters pulled Jakobe from her burning home near 95th Street and Meadow Lane on Tuesday evening. When crews arrived, Jakobe was banging on something inside the house to alert rescuers to her presence, fire officials said.

Two firefighters suffered lacerations from a broken plate glass window during the rescue.

One, a member of the Leawood Fire Department, is recovering from apparent tendon damage, Hunter said, adding that “he is going to get some ongoing treatment.”

The second firefighter, representing Consolidated Fire District 2, suffered less serious injuries, Hunter said.

The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. when a passer-by notified authorities. Ten crews responded as fire engulfed the ranch-style home. It was immediately deemed a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

“We are still investigating,” Hunter said.

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