Woman dies after being pulled from burning home by off-duty firefighter

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Off-Duty Firefighter Pulls Woman From Burning Home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An off-duty Kansas City firefighter rescued an elderly woman from her burning home Wednesday morning. The woman was unresponsive when pulled out of the home.

Despite the efforts to save her, police confirmed that the woman did not survive.

It happened in the near NE 106th and North Marsh.

Just after 9:30 a.m., off-duty firefighter Ryan Cummings and his wife, who is a nurse, were driving down the block when they spotted smoke coming from the roof of the home.

After calling 911, neighbors helped break down the front door, and Cummings went in on his own to search for anyone inside. The rooms were smoke-filled down to the kitchen counter level when Cummings, 35, found an older woman in the kitchen and brought her outside. His wife performed CPR on the woman until the first rescue crews arrived.

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"Went in and did like an initial search on the first floor," Cummings explained. "I unlocked the back door. From there as I was turning around , I noticed that she was laying, there was an elderly lady laying in the kitchen there. Grabbed ahold of her, she was unresponsive, slid her toward the front door and about that time there was another gentleman that was there and he helped me finish getting her out the rest of the way down the stairs."

Cummings ordinarily works out of station 25 in the River Market. He said going into a burning building with no protective gear is "just what we do."

Paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital, but police said Wednesday afternoon that the woman had passed away. Investigators say the fire was confined to the kitchen where the woman was found. And smoke detectors were sounding their alarms loudly when rescue crews arrived.

Neighbors said the older woman lived with her daughter, who was not home at the time. FOX 4 spotted a wheelchair in the garage of the home, but investigators are not sure yet if that belonged to the victim.

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