Police: Man pulled from house fire near 71st and Strupwood Court had apparent gunshot wound

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- What authorities were first investigating as a deadly fire is now a death investigation.

Kari Thompson with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department tells Fox 4 the man they pulled from the home near 71st and Strupwood Court had an apparent gunshot wound.

"Fire personnel went into this residence and located a deceased male inside. The deceased male was brought out and it appears this individual has been shot. We do not know the cause and origin of this fire," Thompson said.

The cause of the fire and who shot the victim is still under investigation, but firefighters on the scene say the home did not have working smoke detectors.

"We are presently investigating this as a death investigation," Thompson said. "Working collaboratively with the fire department and the bomb and arson detectives."

The victim is described as a man who lived at the home. Their identity has  not yet been released.

"We were able to search the residence and during the fire we located a victim in the fire," said James Garrett with the Kansas City Fire Department. "We were able to get there pretty immediate, and that's where we are right now. We are still doing things right now to put out hot spots, we have our investigators here, so we're going to get to the bottom of where this fire started."

Fox 4 has a crew there and will be providing updates as they become available.

One person is dead Wednesday following a house fire near 71st and Strupwood Court.

One person is dead Wednesday following a house fire near 71st and Strupwood Court.