Massive Blaze Kills Two KC Firefighters

KANSAS CITY, MO  – Two firefighters have died from injuries suffered while battling an apartment fire in Kansas City. Two others were injured.

The two were caught in the building as a portion of it collapsed.

Fire Chief Paul Berardi said 17-year veteran Larry Leggio and 13-year veteran John V. Mesh were killed after the structure collapsed around them just minutes after their gallant actions.

The two other firefighters hurt were both taken to the hospital. One was treated and released while the second was being kept in the hospital for observation overnight.

As Berardi mentioned, two residents were rescued from the fire and were unharmed.

The building, located near the intersection of Independence Avenue and Prospect Avenue, began to collapse at 8:07 p.m., some 35 minutes after the residents were pulled from the building.

A mayday call was issued and all firefighters were ordered from the building due to the dangerous conditions.

Firefighters gathered at the hospital to give support to each other and the families of those firefighters.

It’s been seven years since the last KCFD firefighter died in the line of duty.