Raytown Fire Protection District
PIO Assigned: Matt Mace, Fire Chief
Location: 6701 Ralston
Time of the call: 02:20
First Unit on the scene: Raytown Pumper 51
Number of Units: 11
Number of Firefighters: 38
Property Loss/Damage: Unknow
Contents Loss: Unknown
Firefighters rescued a 55 year old female, a 5 year old child and a 18 month old infant from the secondf floor of a three story apartment building. The 5 year old was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the 55 year old and the 18 month old remain in critical condition.
Upon arrival, crews reported heavy fire and smoke showing. Heavy fire conditions complicated the rescue efforts, at one point the firefighters hoseline was burned in half cutting off thier exit. The conditions worsened, forcing the crew to carry the infant from the second floor to the third floor where firefighters from KCFD were able assist by laddering the outside of the building and lowering the infant to the ground.
In less than 10 minutes from the time the crews exacuated everyone from the structure the roof supports began to fail causing the roof to collapse into the structure.
The Raytown Fire Protection District requested the assistance of the Missouri State Fire Marshal due to the size and and scope of the fire scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
In total, 26 persons were displaced as a result of this apartment fire, the Red Cross is working to find them places to stay.