Grandmother dies from injuries sustained in Raytown apartment fire

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- The grandmother who was rushed to the hospital following the Raytown apartment fire that killed her four-year-old grandson has also died.

The Raytown Fire Department confirmed to FOX 4 Tuesday morning that the grandmother, Cherri Roberts, 59,  died overnight from injuries sustained in the fire at the Somerset Village apartment complex. The three-story apartment complex located near 60th Street and Raytown Road went up in flames Sunday, Feb. 7. around 2 a.m.

4-year-old Jeremiah (Photo courtesy of family)

4-year-old Jeremiah (Photo courtesy of family)

Jeremiah Roberts, 4,  was also killed in the fire.

Jeremiah's 18-month-old brother Jabin, was rescued from the fire, but now faces a harrowing ordeal after suffering severe burns on 70 percent of his body.  The 18-month-old is currently on life support, listed in critical condition.

Jabin, 18-months (Image courtesy of family)

Jabin, 18-months (Image courtesy of family)

Doctors have told family members that the one-year-old faces a very long road to recovery, but he should survive.

Jeremiah's six-year-old brother Jacob just barely escaped the fire thanks to a fire safety course he took at school.

“And Jacob, he just remembered from school to crawl out,” the children's mother, Kendra Roberts, told FOX 4 in an earlier interview.

Family members add that Jacob tried to get Jeremiah to follow him, but the four-year-old was just too scared to follow.

Then while trying to rescue residents from the apartment complex, firefighters became trapped inside the burning building for a short time when their hose was burned in half, cut off their exit and forced them to take the 18-month-old to the third floor where crews outside had to bring a ladder to a window to help them escape.

In less than 10 minutes from the time crews evacuated everyone, the roof supports began to break down, which then caused the roof to collapse in on the building. Some residents fled in their pajamas and left everything behind.

Flames engulfed a Raytown apartment complex early Sunday Feb. 7.

Flames engulfed a Raytown apartment complex early Sunday Feb. 7.

26 people who lived in the building are now left without a home following the fire that is being called one of the worst fires in the city's recent history. The Red Cross is working to find places for the displaced residents to stay.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Response Team will be at the Somerset Village apartment complex beginning Tuesday to look for clues as to what caused the building to go up in flames. The scene will be treated as a crime scene until the ATF can prove otherwise.

The ATF arrived at the Somerset Village apartment complex Tuesday morning to begin their investigation into the fire that killed a 4-year-old boy and his 55-year-old grandma.

The ATF arrived at the Somerset Village apartment complex Tuesday morning to begin their investigation into the fire that killed a 4-year-old boy and his 55-year-old grandma.

“We have no reason at all to think this is an arson, however, we had no reason to think that the Independence Avenue fire was an arson either,” ATF spokesperson told FOX 4.

The team that will investigate the fire is the same ATF team that investigated the Independence Avenue fire that killed two KCFD firefighters in October of 2015.

Raytown Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hunley said he wanted to bring in outside help because he felt the Raytown Fire Protection district did not have enough money or resources to safely handle the investigation.

“Frankly, we do investigations, but most of our investigations are accidental fires that are single family residences that don`t involve injuries or fatalities. They just are a lot smaller in scale,” he explained.