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Kansas City firefighter killed while battling house fire

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A West Peculiar firefighter was killed Sunday after falling through a floor while battling a house fire, according to officials.

The fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m. in the laundry room of a house in the 23300 block of Deer Run Road in Peculiar, about 35 miles south of downtown Kansas City.

As crews made entry, the firefighter fell through the floor near the front door, Grandview Fire Chief Ron Graham said. The firefighter fell into the basement and was critically injured.

The firefighter was transported to a hospital, where he died, Graham said.

In a Facebook post Sunday evening, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office identified the firefighter as Chuck McCormick.

A family, including a grandmother and her grandchildren, were able to get out of the house before the fire department arrived.

Fire departments across the region shared their condolences, saying they were deeply saddened by the “devastating loss.”

“Our hearts go out to the family of the firefighter lost and the entire West Peculiar fire department,” the Kansas City Fire Department wrote on Twitter.

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