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One person dies in fire at home without working smoke detectors near 37th & College

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City fire crews are battling a house fire that broke out Sunday evening, claiming one life.

Firefighters responded to a fire near 37th Street and College Avenue around 6:30 p.m. As they arrived, one person was outside the home and told firefighters someone else was still inside.

Upon entering the home, they discovered the body of a man in his 50s in a back bedroom.

FOX 4 spoke with James Garrett with KCFD.

"We got a call around 6:30 today on a house fire. When we got here, we met one victim in the yard and told us about another victim in the house," Garrett explained. "Our crews were able to reach that victim fairly quickly, within 3 minutes, although the flames were rather intense. We were able to get in there within 3 minutes and retrieve the victim and was not able to get that victim back."

The man's identity has not yet been released.

Garrett said the home did not have working smoke detectors.

"Truly that is the travesty of this call because we do have free smoke detectors that we give out though our fire marshals office," Garrett said.

The fire was contained to a single home.

FOX 4 is at the scene and will have more information as details emerge.

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