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Two found dead after fire near 9th and Belmont

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two people are dead following a fire in Kansas City, Mo., early Wednesday morning.

It happened at a home on the corner of  9th and Belmont around 4 a.m. The fire was under control by 4:40 a.m.

According to the fire chief on the scene, four people lived in the home, which appears to be split into two apartments. Two tenants lived on the top, and two lived on the bottom level. The two who lived on the bottom level got out of the burning building. A man, who was in his 20s, and an older woman who lived on the top level died.

Firefighters say the house did not have working utilities, no electricity or natural gas service to the house. Battalion chief James Garrett also said there were no working smoke detectors at the home.

"We do have those fires every time this time of year, people try to stay warm in very unconventional ways," James said.  "That affects the way we have to fight the fire and it affects the intensity of the fire too."

Police bomb and arson investigators are helping the fire department determine the cause of the blaze. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Video from the scene:

Garrett said smoke detectors are available for free in the Kansas City area if you can't afford them. Just call (816) 513-4611.

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