Wednesday, October 31, 2012

KCKFD issues statement on fatal fire from Wednesday morning

The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department confirmed the death of a Kansas City, Kan., resident from a fire this morning.

In a statement about the fire at 2727 Waverly Avenue, KCK Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Duke said "an elderly male" was killed in the home as a result of the fire.

The direct cause of death remains unknown at this point.

In terms of damage, the fire caused about $35,000 worth of damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Full statement from Duke: 
Crews on the scene within two minutes reported heavy smoke coming from a one-story wood framed residential structure. Crews were informed by neighbors that there was someone in the structure. Crews made and aggressive fire attack while performing a search of the structure. Crews made the way to a rear bedroom where fire had originated where they located the body of an elderly male.Fire Investigator responded to scene. Estimated damage to structure and contents $35,000. Fire cause and origin is under investigation at this time. Investigators were informed that the home was occupied by an elderly male in his 70’s. Cause of death will be determined after autopsy by coroner. Other occupants were not home at time of fire (1 adult female and 2 children ages 8 and 3). Red Cross was contacted to assist other occupants. Fire is under investigation at this time.