Feb 10, 2020 8:40 PM

Update: Woman dies from injuries after fire at Kansas home

Posted Feb 10, 2020 8:40 PM
Fire crews on the scene of the Saturday night fire- photo courtesy WIBW TV
Fire crews on the scene of the Saturday night fire- photo courtesy WIBW TV

SHAWNEE COUNTY — One of two people critically injured in a fire Saturday in Topeka has died.

Just after 5:30p.m., fire crews responded to the report of a structure fire with persons trapped at 1200 SW Collins Avenue in Topeka, according to Deputy Fire Chief Kelly Adams.

 Upon arrival, fire suppression crews reported light smoke from the home.  A primary and secondary search of the dwelling revealed one occupant was able to escape. Fire crews rescued another occupant.

Both victims sustained critical injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

On Monday fire officials reported 53-year-old Kristen L. Edmonston  died as a result of her injuries, according to Adams.

James W. Edmonston, 65, remains hospitalized, but is reported in stable condition.  The cause of this fire is being classified as accidental, more likely than not associated with improper handling of smoking materials.

Estimated structural damage is listed at $5,000; $500 contents loss.

Working smoke detectors were present within the structure of fire origin.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY — Two people were injured in a fire Saturday in Topeka. 

Just after 5:30p.m., fire crews responded to the report of a structure fire with persons trapped at 1200 SW Collins Avenue in Topeka, according to Deputy Fire Chief Kelly Adams.

 Upon arrival, fire suppression crews reported light smoke from the home.  A primary and secondary search of the dwelling revealed one occupant was able to escape. Fire crews rescued another occupant.

Both sustained serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Both were reported in critical condition Sunday morning, according to Adams.

Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire. Estimated structural damage is listed at $5,000; $500 contents loss.

Working smoke detectors were present within the structure of fire origin.

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Jury: Kansas man guilty of crack cocaine distribution
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KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal jury convicted a Kansas man from  on drug and firearm charges, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Larry D. Johnson, 33, Kansas City, Kan., was convicted February 7, on one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The crimes were alleged to have occurred May 15, 2017, in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Sentencing is set for May 7. The defendant could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge, not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other firearm charge.