Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday night- Shawnee KS fire companies got a call of a possible garage fire in the 13400 block of West 75th Court.
When the first fire companies began arriving about 5 minutes later- they found fire showing from a large- story and a half home along with the reports of the occupants: an elderly man and his dog- still inside.
While additional fire companies are dispatched- some of the firefighters on the scene went in to search.
They find the dog- but can't locate the elderly man.
In minutes- firefighters also couldn't find one of their own in the burning house- and a mayday call went out along with the dispatching of mutual-aid fire companies from Lenexa and Overland Park.
For nearly five minutes they looking for the missing firefighter- finding him fallen through a burned-out floor and not breathing.
Rushed outside to paramedics- then to Shawnee-Mission Medical Center- the firefighter later died of his injuries.
Not too long before the wind-whipped fire was declared under control around 11 p.m.- the elderly man occupant of the virtually-destroyed home showed up- having been away from the house.