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Man dies in early morning house fire in Kansas City, Missouri

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Posted at 5:24 AM, Oct 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-01 14:45:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department says one person died in a house fire Tuesday morning in the 5100 block of Brooklyn Avenue.

Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 4 a.m. and witnessed smoke and fire from the home.

As crews entered, they encountered heavy fire on both floors of the home. Firefighters then backed out of the home for a time and fought it defensively, until they could knock the flames down. They then re-entered to snuff it out.

Firefighters also sprayed water on the house next door to prevent flames from spreading.

KCFD initially reported that no injuries were suffered in the house fire, before later updating that one victim, an adult male, was found dead inside the residence.

The department identified the victim as Rajesh G. Krishnankutty, 50.

An investigation to determine the cause of the fire is underway.