GRANDVIEW, Mo. — One person died and a firefighter was injured Monday when the ceiling of apartment complex in Grandview, Mo., collapsed after the building caught on fire.
The fire broke out in the 800 block of Main Street just before 10 a.m. Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the complex, which is located above a hair salon.
Upon arrival, first responders noticed four people on the second level calling for help. Firefighters were able to rescue three of the individuals. On the way to the fourth person, who was in the southeast corner of the building, the ceiling collapsed on the man and the rescue crew. The crew had to call for help and was not able to make it to the man.
“We did a Mayday which signals a firefighter is trapped,” fire chief Ron Graham said. ” We knew where they were at, but we lost radio contact with them for a little bit. But we were able to get in and get them out.”
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Then just after 12:30 p.m., firefighters recovered the missing man’s body. The man’s identity or age has not yet been released.
“You got to put your priorities and your resources on search and rescue and in this case rescue,” fire chief Graham said. “Once the ceiling collapsed and came down on top that’s when we lost control of it because we can’t get our water to the scene of the fire because the ceiling is covering it.”
One of the trapped firefighters was transported to the hospital to be treated for second-degree burns, but he is expected to be fine.
Fire crews from Belton and KCMO were on the scene, as well.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.