UPDATE: Police have identified the man who died in this fire as 45-year-old Stanley Singleton. The case is being investigated as a suspicious death.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department is investigating a death after an apartment fire that also left 27 people displaced early Monday morning.

According to the Kansas City Fire Department, fire crews responded to Ninth Street and Benton Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. for a reported fire on the second floor of an apartment building.

The fire caused damage to 31 units, displacing 27 people. The American Red Cross is assisting many of them.

Kansas City police said a firefighters found 44-year-old Stanley Singleton unresponsive inside the building. Singleton suffered fire-related injuries and died at a hospital. Another person was taken to a hospital for a medical issue.

Additionally, KCPD said there is a death investigation underway and detectives are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

“I’m just gone give it to God right now,” said Centoriz Robinson, who was displaced by the fire.

It’s all this mother of five said she can do after her things were damaged in a fire.

“It sucks,” Robinson said. “It sucks because I’m just getting back up on my feet to get everything and trying to do everything right to do what I need to do.”

Robinson said she woke up early Monday morning to screams and smoke alarms.

“So I opened up my door, and there was fire,” Robinson said. “There was flames everywhere when I came in, and I had to go back in and get my stuff and I had to duck down low. It was black fire everywhere, everywhere.”

Hours after the fire, FOX4 saw crews bringing out debris to help with the investigation.

KCPD said because of the nature of the fire, officials think the man’s death is suspicious, but they’re waiting on the medical examiner to make an official ruling.

“Right now I’m kind of at a loss,” Robinson said. “I’m saddened, I’m hurt. I mean someone lost their life this morning and it sucks.”

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