Fire that killed woman, toddler ruled as arson
GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City fire that killed a woman and young girl has been ruled arson.
The Kansas City Star reports the adult victim of the early Monday morning in Grandview has been identified as 37-year-old Anika M. Hobley of Kansas City.
The fire also killed an unidentified 14-month-old girl who lived in the home. Grandview police issued a statement on Tuesday saying it has determined the fire was intentionally set.
Firefighters responded just after 3 a.m. to the home and found Hobley's body in the basement.
Two girls, ages 6 and 10, leaped from a window about 10 feet above the ground to escape the flames and knocked on the door of a neighbor, who called 911.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office is helping with the investigation.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest information.]