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Home where 2-year-old died in South KC fire didn’t have working smoke detectors

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters and residents in a south Kansas City neighborhood are mourning the loss of a two-year-old killed in a house fire late Sunday night.

The house, near 102nd and Wheeling, went up in flames around 11:30 p.m. There were no working smoke detectors, according to the fire chief on the scene.

Fire Chief Jimmy Walker said firefighters found the child in the smoke-filled house. The child later died at the hospital.

Fire investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

Friends and family of the child have been gathering all morning at the home to clean up the scene and comfort one another.

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