BREAKING: Fatal House Fire Reported Overnight In Rural Vermillion

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Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire overnight near Vermillion that turned deadly.

Marshall County Sheriff Daniel Hargrave reports that an emergency call was received at approximately 3:20 a.m. Thursday for a mobile home fire at 3055 Valley Road in rural Vermillion.

Donald F. Jacobson, 86, of Vermillion was killed in the fire. His son, Larry Jacobson, who was also living at the residence, was able to escape the fire unharmed.

The Kansas State Fire Marshall this morning determined the fire to be accidental in nature.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, with the Frankfort Fire Department, Frankfort Ambulance and Nemaha County Fire Department from Centralia all responded to the fire.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.