KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One man is dead after an early morning house fire near 54th and Chestnut in Kansas City, Mo. Three others were injured. Their injuries range from smoke inhalation to burns. Two children who were also in the home were rescued by an older cousin who the family is calling a hero.
Relatives of the victim identified him as 31-year-old Terrence Mosby Jr. He was known around Kansas City as a rapper and popular performer.
At the time of the fire, Mosby was in the home with his wife, Brandi Mosby, their two sons, ages 9 and 4, his cousin, Phillip Mathis III, and Brandi's sister, Tamara Knox.
Relatives said Mathis went back into the burning home and saved the two boys. He suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to an area hospital. The family is calling him a true hero.
"Not many people are concerned about other people in times like that," said Solomon Essex III. "For him to put his life in danger and not really care about his life to save my little cousins, that makes him a hero and that makes me happy to know that I have somebody like that in my family."
Neighbors said they woke up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. and saw flames shooting out of the home. Firefighters say when they arrived at the house it was fully engulfed with smoke and fire.
Firefighters believe the fire was accidentally started.