2 die, 5 escape fire in Raytown home - KCTV5

2 die, 5 escape fire in Raytown home

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The fire started about 5:05 a.m. on Wednesday at a house in the 5700 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff. (KCTV5) The fire started about 5:05 a.m. on Wednesday at a house in the 5700 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff. (KCTV5)
RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -

A Raytown family is mourning the loss of a father and his daughter's boyfriend after they were unable to get out of an early morning house fire.

The fire started about 5 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 5700 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Cynthia Fleming said her 72-year-old father, Andrew Fry, suffered from dementia and that her stepsister had been caring for him at the house. Her stepsister’s boyfriend, John Newman, was also helping care for her dad. Fleming says in an effort to save her dad, Newman died. 

“I think it was a true blessing that he was there and it showed how much he loved my dad, because they loved him as much as we did,” Fleming said.

While Fleming says the family is focusing on moving forward and staying positive, she knows how she will always remember her father.

“As a kind, loving man that was always giving, and he just loved his children and loved the community,” she said. “And that was just him, he was fun filled. It’s just sad that he’s gone in this manner.”

Fleming says other people in the home told her the fire was started accidentally by a child. But she says they are still waiting for more information to be confirmed by the fire department and police.

For firefighters in Raytown, the last year and a half have been tough. Officials say there were no fatal fires between 2006 and 2016, but since the start of that year, there have been six.

“I would say anytime we lose somebody’s life it’s a rough spot for us," Raytown Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hunley said. "We certainly feel it, the guys internalize that and feel like that haven’t really done their job even though there is really nothing the guys could have done to stop this from happening.”

Hunley says the house did have smoke detectors but says they are still investigating to see if they were working.

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