Independence police and fire officials opened an investigation Monday into a body discovered by firefighters while they fought a blaze in the southern part of the city.
Battalion Chief Mike Ditamore said firefighters were called to the fire at a home in the 14300 block of East Covington Road about 1 p.m., after a passer-by reported smoke coming from the home.
When crews arrived, they reported “moderate to heavy” smoke coming from the roof, he said.
Firefighters found a woman inside the kitchen, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Carrick. She died at the scene. Officials did not release her name or age Monday.
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Fire crews remained at the scene at mid-afternoon, cleaning up and assisting with the investigation.
Ditamore said more information about the fire and the victim could be available later.
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