Fire that killed woman, toddler ruled as arson

3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:01:00 PM CDT September 30, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.]

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