Official: Homeless woman killed in vacant house fire in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A homeless woman has been killed in a fire at a vacant home on the northeastern side of Kansas City, fire officials there said.

The fire was reported early Friday, according to the Kansas City Star. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames, Kansas City Fire Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker said. Because of that and the collapse of the home, firefighters were unable to enter to save the woman, Walker said..

A witness told firefighters the house was vacant, but that he and his girlfriend had been squatting there. Walker said the man left the scene. Officials have not released the woman's name.

The blaze spread to a neighboring house, where a family was evacuated. That fire was quickly contained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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