Kansas Apartment Fire Leaves Two Dead

MISSION, Kan. --

An apartment fire in Mission early Sunday left two people dead, firefighters said.

Crews were called to The Falls at 6565 Foxridge Drive just before 4 a.m.

A man and a woman who were living in the same unit died. A neighbor said he tried to kick down a door and get the two people out of the apartment, but the smoke and fire were too heavy.

One resident told KMBC's Justin Robinson that he came out his apartment door and smelled smoke and the scent of something burning. He said he saw the building was in flames once he got outside.

Heat Adds Danger For Fire Crews

"The six apartments I was standing next to were just engulfed in flames. The balconies were just on fire," the resident said. "There was tons of fire going out and it was pretty warm. It was an amazing sight."

The names of the people who died have not been released.

Another resident and a firefighter were taken to a hospital to get treated for heat exhaustion. Two other people suffering from heat exhaustion were treated at the scene.

The Red Cross was helping residents stay cool and hydrated. It also planned to help displaced tenants find a new place to live.

Investigators have not said how the fire started.

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