Chief names firefighters killed in Kansas City fire

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 13 2015 Oct 13, 2015 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM CDT October 13, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City authorities have identified two firefighters who were killed when a wall collapsed on them in a burning building.

The firefighters died Monday night as a massive fire engulfed the building on the city's northeast side.

During an emotional news conference early Tuesday, Fire Chief Paul Berardi identified the firefighters as 17-year department veteran Larry J. Leggio and 13-year veteran John V. Mesh.

He didn't provide their ages.

Berardi said the two died after rescuing at least two residents from the apartment building blaze.

Two other firefighters were injured. Berardi said one has been released from the hospital, and the other may be released Tuesday.

Crews were still at the scene of the fire early Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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