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Pedestrian passing by burning house in KCK helps pull injured man to safety

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Firefighters responded to a KCK house fire Thursday afternoon where a brave person passing by rushed in to save an injured man.

Officials said the fire broke out around 2:22 p.m. at a home near 38th Street and Rowland Avenue.

KCK Battalion Chief Morris Letcher said when firefighters arrived at the house, the passerby had already rescued the man inside the home. That man, who might have been disabled, was taken to the hospital, but information on the extent of his injuries was not immediately available.

Letcher said, in general, firefighters recommend you don't go in a burning home because it's dangerous and firefighters are trained to rescue anyone inside.

"But sometimes circumstances don't allow that for some people, and they just feel the need to go in," he said.

While not recommended, the actions of the stranger are certainly admirable and heroic.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Letcher said.