Investigators on scene of fatal Kansas City fire

Kansas City firefighters look over the aftermath of a building fire Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo. Two firefighters involved in rescuing two residents from a burning building died after a wall collapsed on them, authorities said. Fire Chief Paul Berardi said two other firefighters were injured Monday night as the massive fire engulfed the building comprising businesses and apartments on the city's northeast side. (Keith Myers/The Kansas City Star via AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal and local crews are helping determine the cause of a Kansas City building fire where two firefighters died.

Firefighters Larry J. Leggio and John V. Mesh died after the east wall of the building collapsed Monday night while firefighters were battling the blaze. Before the collapse, firefighters rescued tenants from the half-block-long building.

Federal and local investigators have been on the scene this week, looking for clues into the origin of the fire. On Thursday, they scoured the debris with hand-held shovels, garden rakes and a claw-equipped construction excavator.

The Kansas City Star reports investigators also used cadaver dogs to search the debris. Although officials believe all of the building occupants escaped, transients or homeless people have occasionally been reported outside the building.



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