Man injured in Mission Road apartment fire dies

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police confirmed the man injured in an apartment fire near 43rd and Mission on Monday, Nov. 11, died from his injuries Thursday morning. His name has not been released.

Firefighters responded to the second floor apartment fire Monday afternoon. The blaze broke out at about 1:40 p.m and firefighters said they arrived two minutes after getting the 911 call.

When they arrived, smoke detectors were still going off and smoke could be seen coming from the building.

The man suffered third-degree burns on 30 percent of his body.

“We tried to go in after him, we couldn’t get him,” said Sherry Ponce. “He crawled his way out and after that it was just burnt, smoke everywhere; burned from the chest up.”

“His arms were really badly burned and his clothes were badly burned, and when I sat him down you could see burned skin,” said Chris Driggs, who helped carry the man down the stairs.

The fire also displaced 30 people, 19 adults and 11 children, among them, a couple with a wedding this coming weekend.

“We were getting married Saturday,” said Nick Driggs. “Everything of mine, but fortunately, very little of hers. We were getting ready to move her stuff over today.”

The wedding will go on, but the soon-to-be newlyweds must find a new home; a plight that the Red Cross is trying to help residents overcome.

“Where we going to stay tonight? We got babies and we’ve got adults,” said Sherry Ponce. “She’s got two children. She’s got three and one on the way. She’s got another baby. I mean, come on. We’re all out of a home tonight.”

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