Update: Body found at site of fire in KCMO

Posted at 7:06 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-20 16:11:21-05

Sunday 12:00 p.m. update:

The Kansas City Fire Department confirms a man's body was removed from the wreckage of a business fire on at East 18th Street near Cleveland.

The man's body was found around 9:45 p.m. Saturday night. The man has not yet been identified and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Kansas City Police Department is in charge of the death investigation.


Previous story:

At least four businesses sustained significant damage following a fire on 18th and Cleveland - and one restaurant was destroyed. 

Firefighters arrived on the scene around 6:30 p.m.

The building where the fire was primarily located is the Taqueria Silva's, a popular restaurant in the area. The restaurant was been evacuated. 

Fire investigators on the scene believe the fire started in the back of the restaurant, not in the kitchen area that's located in the front. 

The fire spread to at least three more businesses, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to a battery store. 

"We did lose what looks like four businesses there on the 3700 block of 18th Street," said Paul Berardi, Kansas City Fire Department fire chief. "The firefighters were able to stop it before it advanced into the battery company."

Multiple witnesses in the area say you could see the fire from the highway by the area.

Traffic around the area was shutoff in fear of powerlines and the fire spreading to another building. Power has also been shutdown from Monroe to Cleveland. 

No word of injuries.