1 dead 1 seriously hurt in Topeka house fire

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Authorities say one of two people who were hurt in a house fire in Topeka has died.

Topeka fire officials said Monday that 53-year-old Kristen Edmonston died from injuries she suffered in the fire Saturday. Deputy fire chief Kelly Adams said in a news release that 65-year-old James Edmonston remains hospitalized Monday. He is in stable condition. Adams says the fire was accidental.

The likely cause is improper handling of smoking materials.

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