Elderly Bluffs fire victim in critical condition


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An elderly Council Bluffs man remained in critical condition Monday, following a fire in his home, Sunday morning. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 90-year old Robert A. Kissel, Sr., was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition following the blaze which took place at the home located at 28 Bennett Avenue, at around 2:30-a.m. Sunday. Kissel was transferred from Creighton to the St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, for further treatment of third-degree burns, smoke inhalation and other, possible injuries.

Fire investigators say a smoke detector saved the lives of Kissel, Sr., and his 59-year old daughter, Robin Ann Krause. Krause told firefighters that she tried to reach her father but couldn’t because the staircase was on fire. She called 911 and crawled out a basement window. Fire crews found Kissel, Sr. in his bedroom.