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Smoking while on oxygen was cause of fire that injured woman, killed dog in Lexington
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Smoking while on oxygen was cause of fire that injured woman, killed dog in Lexington

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LEXINGTON — Smoking while on oxygen was the cause of a fire that injured a woman, killed a dog and damaged a house during the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 6.

Around 12 p.m., the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Oregon Trail in southwestern Lexington for the report of smoke coming from a house.

On scene, members of the Lexington Police Department and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office went around the house and saw a woman inside the burning house.

Captain Paul Schwarz said they broke out the back window and rescued the individual from the home.

She was brought outside and then transported to Lexington Regional Health Center by Priority Medical Transport for undisclosed injuries.

LVFD Fire Chief Bo Berry said that eventually, 30 firefighters, their three main engines, a rescue unit and their air trailer were at the scene.

When they first arrived, Berry said, the flames were visible through the front window of the home. Their first priority was to knock down the fire and find out if anyone else was inside the home, which just took 10 minutes.

Two other firefighters went around back and entered the home but were advised that no one else was inside. There was a dog in the home that perished during the fire, Berry said. In all, firefighters were on scene for three hours.

The cause of the fire was the woman in the home smoking while on oxygen, Berry said. 

Berry said there was extensive damage to the living room and heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house. He said it's likely repairable, but the property damage would be around $45,000.


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