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May 14, 2014

KC police ID man killed in weekend house fire

Kansas City police on Wednesday identified a man killed in a Northland house fire Sunday as Charles L. Keeton, 62.

Kansas City police on Wednesday identified a man killed in a Northland house fire Sunday as Charles L. Keeton, 62.

The fire was reported about 2:40 a.m. in the 3900 block of North Garfield Avenue. Investigators determined a worn extension cord sparked a fire in the kitchen that spread and filled the house with smoke, trapping Keeton.

Keeton apparently was asleep in his bedroom with the door closed and a window air-conditioning unit operating so he was not aware of the fire until it was too late, investigators said. He apparently awoke and opened his bedroom door, which likely caused a wall of heat and smoke to blast into his face. He staggered down the hall to a bathroom, where he collapsed in the tub. He died at the scene, apparently from smoke inhalation.

Keeton, who lived alone, worked for Pilot Freight Services. He is survived by his mother and five siblings.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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