Homeowner dies in Belton mobile home fire - KCTV5

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Homeowner dies in Belton mobile home fire

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Belton firefighters responded to the fire about 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Iris Lane in the Springdale Trailer Park. (Heather Staggers/KCTV5) Belton firefighters responded to the fire about 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Iris Lane in the Springdale Trailer Park. (Heather Staggers/KCTV5)
Firefighters found a man's body in the hallway of the mobile home once they were able to douse the flames. (Brett Hacker/KCTV5) Firefighters found a man's body in the hallway of the mobile home once they were able to douse the flames. (Brett Hacker/KCTV5)
BELTON, MO (KCTV) -

Firefighters says by the time they arrived at a Belton mobile home there was nothing they could do. It was taken over by fire, and a man was found dead inside.

It was around 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Springdale Park when neighbor Josh Robertson heard popping noises as he was getting ready for work.

"I peeked around the corner and heard noises like fireworks and saw flames shooting out of the building," he said.

Robertson then saw his neighbor's mobile home engulfed in flames. That popping sound, fire investigators say, was actually ammunition going off inside the burning home.

"Some neighbors came out and was asking if someone was still in there. We made some noises, but we didn't get any response," Robertson said.

Firefighters found a man's body in the hallway of the mobile home once they were able to douse the flames. There is no word yet on who the homeowner is, but neighbors say he lived alone.

"It was fully involved. Flames were shooting 10-15 feet in the air and out of the windows," deputy fire chief Kevin Livingston said.

Belton fire fighters don't know what caused the fire. The bitterly cold temperatures and snow made getting to the fire difficult.

"We were there within four to five minutes of the call. There was smoke visible as we were on our way to the scene," Livingston said.

The Belton Fire Department is currently negotiating with the city on its budget for the next fiscal year. The deputy chief said no decisions have been finalized about a possible reduction of fire personnel.

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