One dead following house fire at 134th, Walnut in Kansas City - KCTV5

One dead following house fire at 134th, Walnut in Kansas City

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One person has died following a house fire in Kansas City.  (KCTV5) One person has died following a house fire in Kansas City.  (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

One person has died following a house fire in Kansas City. 

Firefighters are on scene at East 134th Street and Walnut Street in South Kansas City. The fire started just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday. 

The fire department received multiple 911 calls for the fire.  

Fire and smoke were showing from the back of the one-and-half story house when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters had the fire put out quickly but when they got inside, the man was already dead.

They got multiple 911 calls from neighbors, some of whom were trying to kick in the front door. When that didn't work, a man who smelled the smoke while jogging a block away went to the back.

"To see if there was anything I could do around back and the windows from the pressure of the fire had blown out and flames were coming out of the back windows at that point," said Russell Short, who witnessed the fire. "Once they got the garage door open and I see the car there, that gives me a little pause and concern that the guy who lives there may have been home."

Neighbor Bobby Baker was sure of it because he says the man lived alone, never left except in that car and was never gone long.

"When he would leave he might leave the garage door open for 10 or 15 minutes and then he would come back home and he basically stayed inside all the time," Baker said.

Baker knew the homeowner as an occasional customer at Bobby Baker's bar in Waldo. He says the man used to have people over but that changed a year ago, when the man became what Baker called a recluse.

"He just went by the other day and he waved and I waved back but he didn't really talk to anybody."

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