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.