Kansas City, MO -- Kansas City fire officials have confirmed that two firefighters died in a building collapse caused by a fire. The firefighters were working to rescue residents at the time.
Firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh were identified as the men killed on the job while rescuing tenants.
"They did not die in vain. They saved two civilians, carried them out of the second floor on ladders before the wall collapsed," said Chief Paul Berardi. The civilians were uninjured.
Chief Garrett said that four firefighters were injured as they cleared the area in anticipation of a collapse. The men were hit by debris. The four firefighters were transported to an area hospital where two later died.
When crews arrived, they found smoke and fire showing from the building and requested additional crews. Within 20 minutes, fire crews were ordered to exit the building in a defensive attack. Read the original story here.
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