Fire official: 2 firefighters killed, 2 hurt in Kansas City

A massive fire in Kansas City claims the life of two firefighters and injures two others.

A Kansas City Fire Department official says two firefighters were killed and two were wounded when a burning building collapsed.

Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett tells the Kansas City Star crews were dispatched to a building on the northeast side of town around 7:30 p.m. Monday. He says firefighters found the building that includes apartments heavily damaged, and they evacuated people from inside.

Garrett says firefighters were clearing an area with a partially collapsed roof when the structure collapsed further, injuring four of them. He tells the newspaper two firefighters have died. The firefighters were not immediately identified.

Crews continue to battle the fire.
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