A suburban Kansas City firefighter has died while searching a burning home.

The Kansas City Star reported that the name of the six-year veteran has not been released.

Neighbors told firefighters who responded to the Saturday night fire that there could be two people and a dog inside the Shawnee home. A short time later, the fire scene commander radioed that a firefighter was missing.

The missing firefighter was not response when he was found. The husband and father of two was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. A second firefighter was treated and released from a hospital.

Firefighters later learned nobody had been in the home. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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my thoughts & prayers go out to him, his family and his station family/// its really sad when I hear these things I hope the best for his family God Bless...
With much respect I give the condolences of the firefighter family perished in action. Firefighters forever.
What a tragedy. My heart goes out to his wife and family and to his fire fighter family. What a terrible loss of a good man. The fire department was notified of this fire by an automatic alarm, I read. I would assume this would indicate a full fire and security alarm system in the house. Therefore one would presume that when the homeowner left the house, he set the alarm on the door locks, and the alarm company would then know the homeowner was not home and had left. What a shame there seems to be no way for the fire department to get data from the alarm company such as whether the homeowner or person responsible seems to have left the building because the alarm has been set. Of course, there is always the possibility that someone could still be home, or that the homeowner set the alarm before going to bed in the house. But at least if there was a method whereby any data the alarm company has on occupancy could be given to the fire department in the case of a fire, it would hopefully cut down on these awful deaths and injuries by brave firefighters who go into buildings looking for people that in fact are not inside. My sincere sympathies to all concerned in this tragic loss.
I am so very sorry for the lost of your father and husband. he will be very muuh missed as a fellow brother firefighter. and my pray go out to his family and friends, and also the bothers that worked with his
My name is Holly Fredericks. I am a cousin to fallen Firefighter Steve Fierro of Carthage, Missouri. I just wanted to send my condolences from my family to yours.
That sucks that we lost another fellow brother Firefighter. My thaughts go out to his wife and 2 children and I ope God will help them remain strong through this tough time.
dio bless him
free lancing gets firefighter killed...
Cory Eckrich,

Where is the information about "free lancing"?
I did. I still don't know what you're talking about. What kind of equipment should they have used to tell if there was anyone else in the building or not?
thoughts and prayers to his family and our brothers

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