Authorities investigate after 2 die in south KC house fire - KCTV5


Victims of south Kansas City home fire identified

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Authorities have released the names of the two adults killed in a house fire.

The victims are 48-year-old Jerry J. Latorre and 31-year-old Amelia L. Maasen, both of Kansas City.

Fire crews were called to the blaze in the 9000 block of Booth Avenue on Sunday. Latorre's body was found about 12:30 p.m. in the lower level, and Maasen's on the home's main level.

Neighbors said Latorre was using space heaters after the gas was shut off about six months ago. They fear that was responsible.

While the cause hasn't been determined officially, authorities said it appears to be a tragic accident. Flames shot nine feet in the air, and it took firefighters hours to get the flames out.  The structure is a total loss.

"It kind of really tore me up because we've known him since he was 8," Gloria Fournier said. "I looked over and there was smoky, smoky, smoky all around."

Both she and her husband said they would really miss him.

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