Man dies in KCK house fire in the 800 block of Metropolitan Avenue

A man killed in a Thursday night house fire in Kansas City, Kan., was a 69-year-old retired autoworker.

The man, whose name had not been released because not all relatives had been notified, was home alone when the fire started in the kitchen of his house in the 800 block of Metropolitan Avenue.

Fire crews dispatched shortly before 8:30 p.m. found the man unconscious in a back bedroom. An ambulance crew administered CPR, but the man died at a hospital. Deputy Chief Craig Duke said two dogs were rescued, but another dog and a cat died in the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The man’s son said Friday morning that his father may have been cooking fish.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and a gifted craftsman who hand-made knives and archery bows.

“He was very crafty, very smart,” his son said. “He knew a little bit about everything.”

He had worked for General Motors for 44 years and retired several years ago to help care for his ailing mother, according to his son.

“Family came before anything else,” his son said. “He had a tough exterior but a heart of gold.”

The man is survived by two sons and a 22-year-old granddaughter.