Two men were killed and five other family members escaped when flames engulfed their Raytown house early Wednesday.
A family member said her 72-year-old father and the boyfriend of a stepsister died in the blaze. The boyfriend initially had escaped, but went back inside to help others get out of the burning home, she said.
The fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday inside the house in the 5700 block of Blue Ridge Cuttoff.
The home was fully engulfed in flames when officers arrived, according to Cpl. Shawn Didde with the Raytown Police Department.
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The five survivors were outside the single-story house when firefighters arrived, said Raytown Fire Battalion Chief Ty Helphrey.
Firefighters had to stop family members from going back inside the house once they discovered their loved ones were still inside.
“They knew there were family members unaccounted for so they were naturally distraught and worried,” Helphrey said.
The house is heavily damaged. The front of the house is blackened around the front windows and garage.
Firefighters are working to determine the cause of the fire.