KC police called to scene of house fire, where firefighters found male victim

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters found more than smoke and flames in a burned home in Kansas City on Sunday morning. They responded to a home in the 300 block of Oakley Avenue at about 8 a.m. and then found a dead man inside the burning house.

Bomb and arson units and homicide detectives spent the majority of the day Sunday on the blocked-off street trying to piece together what happened, who the man was and how he died. Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte also stopped by.

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As of early Sunday evening, investigators hadn't confirmed who died, but FOX 4 spoke with a young man who said he knows the man who lives there.

Steve Rojas said he looks up to that man like a grandfather and he's hoping he's not the one who died. Rojas said the man was his mentor at work, teaching him everything he knows about their jobs as diesel mechanics.

"He always helped me out, every time I had trouble with work, he would help me out as best he could, show me everything I needed to know," said Rojas.

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