One person killed, firefighter injured in KCK house fire

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Authorities say one person is dead following a house fire Wednesday morning.

It happened near North 35th Street and Riverview Avenue. Firefighters said they rushed to the neighborhood just before 9 a.m. Wednesday after someone called 911.

When they arrived, firefighters said they found a wood framed home fully engulfed in flames.

The first responders immediately went into defensive mode. They couldn't enter the structure because it looked like it was going to collapse.

Soon after they started battling the blaze, firefighters said the home did indeed collapse in on itself.

Commanders on the scene said there were two people inside the house. One escaped safely; the other did not.

"At this time we don’t have any cause of the fire right now," said Morris Letcher, KCK assistant fire chief. "One firefighter got hurt also. He’s been transported to the medical hospital. At this time the fire is under control. We are just knocking down hot spots we will be able to go in, if its safe, at that point. The fire marshal will do their investigation."

Officials said the person who was killed is a woman. She has not been identified at this time.

The injured firefighter does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Safety is a big concern. The pavement and all flat surfaces are extremely slick. These are difficult conditions for anyone.

The Unified Government has even brought a salt spreader here to try to get rid of ice on the pavement. There's a steady slope down to the fire scene, and it's pretty treacherous walking up and down that hill.

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