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One person died after being pulled from KCMO house fire

KCPD investigates death as suspicious
KCMO fire
Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 00:12:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A house fire in Kansas City, Missouri, that left one person dead is now being investigated as suspicious.

KCFD crews responded around 4:45 p.m. to the three-story home at 5439 Woodland Avenue. Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Walker said there were visible flames when KCFD arrived on scene and that the porch was collapsing under firefighters' feet as they approached the residence.

"Our crews made it to the second floor and found an approximately 60-year-old adult and what appeared to be a 3- to 4-year-old child in a bedroom on the north side of the building," Walker said.

CPR was initiated on both victims, who were transported to separate hospitals. Walker said the child's pulse returned before arriving for treatment, but the child still is in "very serious, critical condition."

"We have a lot of family people on this job," Walker said. "A lot of people have kids. It's tough to see any time there's a kid injured or anything like that."

One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Bomb and Arson detectives, along with KCPD homicide detectives, were at the scene Wednesday night.

Editor's note: Earlier information indicated the fire death was being investigated as a homicide. The death is being investigated as suspicious according to an update from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

This is a developing story and will be updated.