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Man with disability dies in Shawnee house fire

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Posted at 5:20 AM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 17:44:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man in his 50s with a disability died after being trapped in a Shawnee house that caught fire Monday night.

Shawnee Fire Department crews were called to the 10500 block of West 52nd Terrace around 11:30 p.m.

Dense smoke was reported coming from the house.

Emergency crews, including county fire crews, rescued a man with a disability who was trapped in a downstairs basement, performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and transported him to an area hospital.

The victim, identified Tuesday afternoon as 53-year-old Matthew D. Deckard, later died at the hospital.

Four other people in the house were able to escape from the home uninjured.

Investigators later determined that the fire was caused by one of the residents smoking on a bed in the basement of the house.

The fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damages.