Team of nearly 30 experts to continue investigation into fatal KCMO apartment fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Crews will continue searching Wednesday through the rubble of the burned apartment complex where two KCFD firefighters lost their lives Monday night and two more were injured.

John Mesh and Larry Leggio

John Mesh and Larry Leggio

Investigators say witness interviews are important in determining the cause of the fire and the deaths of 17-year veteran Fire Apparatus Operator Larry Leggio, 43, and 13-year veteran fire fighter John Mesh, 39.

"Everyone of those witnesses, that’s critical to us, and one of the things that our team does is a lot of interviews," John Ham with ATF said.

One of the men who lives in the building says he was there when the fire started.

“I unplugged the fan laid it outside my window and it stopped smoking about that time I heard a lady who lives next door running down the hall saying the building was on fire,” resident Ricky Davidson said.

Fire scene Monday night in Kansas City's Old Northeast Neighborhood

Fire scene Monday night in Kansas City's Old Northeast Neighborhood

The tenant claimed this fire seemed to be electrical, but investigators say right now everything is on the table.

On Wednesday a team of nearly 30 experts, including fire investigators, structural engineers, electrical engineers and fire engineers from across the country will be at the burned complex to continue their investigation.

“Right now every cause is on the table, and we’ll start ruling those out as we get into the scene," Ham said.  "That’s why we bring in specialists that are electrical engineers and structural engineers so we have the expertise here.”

 

Fatal fire investigation details

Fatal fire investigation details

On Wednesday afternoon cadaver dogs were searching through the rubble.

Cadaver dogs searched the scene of the fatal apartment complex fire, looking for anyone who may have been inside of the building, but was not listed as a resident.

Cadaver dogs searched the scene of the fatal apartment complex fire, looking for anyone who may have been inside of the building, but was not listed as a resident.

Cadaver dogs searched the scene of the fatal apartment complex fire, looking for anyone who may have been inside of the building, but was not listed as a resident.

Cadaver dogs searched the scene of the fatal apartment complex fire, looking for anyone who may have been inside of the building, but was not listed as a resident.

Crews will continue their investigation into a fire that killed two firefighters in KCMO Monday night.

Crews will continue their investigation into a fire that killed two firefighters in KCMO Monday night.