Firefighters find body of man in burned home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After searching Friday morning, firefighters found a body that they believe is that of an 82-year-old man whose home caught fire in the middle of the night on Kansas City's northeast side.

Firefighters responded to the house at Thompson and Indiana at about 1:40 a.m. The blaze was intense and the three-story house collapsed into rubble.

The family of 82-year old Junior Menson knew the situation looked grim. They were holding out hope that he was still out at the boats gambling.

Neighbors of Menson told firefighters they suspected the man was inside the home when the fire started because his car was still parked on the street.

Firefighters searched about 75 per cent of the house before they had to pull back and wait until daylight and new equipment.

Audie Murphy, Menson's great-nephew, told FOX 4 that surveillance video showed Menson had been at the boats Thursday night.  Murphy said investigators told the family they didn't find Menson at any of the casinos.

The fire may have started on the roof. It burned its way down, collapsing all the way down to the basement.  Menson's bedroom was located on the east side of the house where nothing remains standing.

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