House fire in Edwardsville kills 1

Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 12:08 PM CDT
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EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. (KCTV) - A house fire in the 11300 block of Kansas Avenue killed a man Thursday morning.

Fire Department units from Edwardsville and Bonner Springs responded at 3:26 a.m. Thursday to reports of a structure fire. Units arrived on scene eight minutes later and reported heavy smoke and fire coming from a single-story house with a significant structural collapse in addition to a grass fire and pressurized natural gas line fire.

According to a release from the Edwardsville Fire Department, crews initiated “an aggressive fire attack” and made an attempt to search for possible occupants. Their efforts were unsuccessful due to a complete collapse of the structure and a gas-fueled fire.

The fire was taken out completely at 3:48 a.m. with one occupant unaccounted for. During the investigation phase, a search found a male occupant dead in the basement of the home.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation.