By REBECCA NEAL
LANCASTER - A Garrard County woman died in a house fire Saturday morning.
Jeanne Gertrude Breier, 76, of 2760 Ballard Road was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. at her home. Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge ruled the cause of death as smoke and soot inhalation. She had few serious burns.
"The burns were not severe to cause death," he said.
Hodge said the fire started when Breier was smoking in bed. The fire could have smoldered in the mattress for a while before it spread.
Breier's husband, John, tried to put the fire out using an extendable shower head in the bathroom but was unsuccessful. He was treated at the scene and later went to a hospital with family for additional treatment.