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2 dead, 1 rescued after fire sweeps through a St. Joseph home


ST. JOSEPH, Missouri — Authorities say two people are dead after a fire swept through a St. Joseph home.

The St. Joseph News-Press ( ) reports that the fire was reported Thursday morning. Battalion Chief Paris Jenkins says heavy smoke was come from the home and that the basement was blazing when crews arrived. He says one firefighter had to escape through a window during a rescue attempt after conditions deteriorated rapidly. The firefighter wasn't injured.

Fire crews said a passer-by rescued one man, who was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital with possible injuries and smoke inhalation.

The fire is under investigation. Detective Sgt. Dan Sweiger says the bodies will be taken for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,

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