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Early Morning Fire Results in Fatality



This fire occurred at 04:57 in the living room of the residence, the occupant Donald Sherrow 85, utilized a medical alert device to alert 911. The occupant stated his home was on fire and he was unable to get out of the residence. At 05:01 Raytown Police were on the scene and unable to gain entry due to the severity of the fire. AT 05:03 Engine One arrived on the scene ad found heavy fire and smoke ventilating from the front of the structure.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the initial fire while additional Firefighters made access inside the residence and began to search for the occupant.

The occupant was located in an adjacent room and was unconscious. Once the occupant was removed from the structure Raytown EMS attempted to resuscitate him and continued this effort enroute to a local hospital where Donald Sherrow was pronounce dead.

Fire companies remained on scene for several hours mopping up while, Fire Investigators were called to the scene where the cause is officially listed as undetermined and the area or origin is the living room in the area around a recliner.

The home did have working smoke detectors, and these had been recently replace by family members.

The home was turned over to Code Enforcement due to the homes weakened supporting structural members.

Donald Sherrow


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