UPDATE: The victim in this deadly fire has been identified as a 17-year-old male.
EDITORS NOTE: FOX4 earlier identified the victim when police reported he was 19. When learning the victim was a minor, the name was removed from the story.
GRANDVIEW, Mo. — One person is dead in a townhome fire in Grandview, Missouri early Thursday morning.
“When it did start, neighbors started calling of course,” neighbor Serita Wright said in an interview with FOX4 Thursday. “We do have a lot of seniors out here, so everyone began to rally to try to make sure that everyone was up and out of their homes.”
Fire crews responded to the area of 6000 block of E. 127th Street just after 6 a.m. and were told that four people were trapped inside the residence.
On scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the upstairs windows.
Inside the building, they found a man in an upstairs bedroom dead. Another man was rescued from the basement and taken to the hospital. The extent of the second man’s injuries are not available at this time.
Investigators have not released whether the townhome had working smoke detectors.
The investigation caused residents like Maria Smythe to not even be able to get into their home Thursday afternoon.
“I just got off of work this morning. My brother called me and told me that the house was on fire,” Smythe told FOX4 Thursday.
Smythe had to leave work to figure out what was going on and said it’s very sad that somebody died.
“May God Bless them who are still around and have mercy on the ones that lost their life,” she said.
Grandview Police are not releasing the name or age of the victim or a cause of the fire. They’re also not saying the fire was suspicious; but if you have anymore information on it, you are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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