Officials on Friday afternoon recovered the body of a man who died in a Northeast area house fire Friday morning.
The 1:35 a.m. fire destroyed the home in the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue. Firefighters eventually brought in large equipment to help move debris as they searched in the rubble for the resident.
The victim was believed to be an 82-year-old Marine veteran of the Korean War who retired after a long career at Owens Corning, a fiberglass company in Kansas City, Kan.
He had lived in the home at the northwest corner of Indiana and Thompson avenues for about 30 years, said his niece, Willa Murphy.
“He was ornery and he told it the way it was, but he did care about people, especially his family,” said Murphy, who asked that the paper not publish her uncle’s name until authorities confirm his identity.
Her uncle had two sons who live in southwest Missouri, she said.
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ROBERT A. CRONKLETON | THE KANSAS CITY STAR