Kansas City firefighters killed while fighting blaze are identified

Oct 13, 2015 9:23 AM by Cheryl Wengren

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City authorities have identified two firefighters who were killed when a wall collapsed on them in a burning building.

The firefighters died Monday night as a massive fire engulfed the building on the city's northeast side.

During an emotional news conference early Tuesday, Fire Chief Paul Berardi identified the firefighters as 17-year department veteran Larry J. Leggio and 13-year veteran John V. Mesh.

He didn't provide their ages.

Berardi says the two died after rescuing at least two residents from the apartment building blaze.

Two other firefighters were injured. Berardi says one has been released from the hospital, and the other may be released Tuesday.

Crews were still at the scene of the fire early Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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