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July 17, 2013

Six-year-old girl who died of injuries from house fire identified

The 6-year-old girl who died Sunday morning from injuries sustained in a south Wichita house fire last week has been identified as Jakara Tloria Lashon Dickson.

The 6-year-old girl who died Sunday morning from injuries sustained in a south Wichita house fire last week has been identified as Jakara Tloria Lashon Dickson.

Jakara was playing with a lighter shortly before 7 p.m. July 11 at her home at 3915 E. Countryside, near Harry and Hillside, when she accidentally set her clothes on fire, authorities have said. She ran into her bedroom and pulled off her burning clothes, but her bed caught fire and the flames quickly spread.

She was home alone with her two sisters, ages 4 and 7. They were able to escape the burning house with the help of a next-door neighbor who heard the smoke alarm. Jakara was taken to the burn unit of Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with second- and third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body, authorities have said.

She died of those injuries shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Biglow-Bethea Funeral Home Chapel, 957 N. Oliver.

Her two sisters were not seriously injured in the fire. They have been placed in police protective custody pending an investigation, police have said.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for possible charges against the mother, police Capt. Brent Allred had said previously. He said there were no adults at home at the time of the fire.

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