Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the victim’s name.
Sedalia firefighters extinguished a house fire Thursday afternoon that resulted in one fatality.
Around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sedalia Fire Department crews responded to a residential structure fire at 1903 S. Grand Ave., after a Sedalia Police Department officer on patrol called in a report of flames at the residence. Upon arrival, crews found “heavy smoke and fire” coming from the single-story residence, according to SFD Chief Mike Ditzfeld.
“We knocked the fire down relatively quickly,” Ditzfeld told the Democrat on scene. “The bulk of the fire was contained to one room.”
Ditzfeld said the white male subject, identified as Matthew Eldenburg, 30, of the residence, according to a SPD news release, was found by firefighters on primary search of the residence in the kitchen area and that he was the only occupant.
Several firefighters carried the man out of the house shortly after 1:30 p.m. and began administering CPR along with Pettis County Ambulance District personnel. Personnel continued to work to revive the man as they loaded him on a stretcher and put him in an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at Bothwell Regional Health Center, according to a SFD news release that was issued at 3:30 p.m.
Ditzfeld noted that SFD was dealing with high temperatures Thursday while battling the fire, but that all personnel involved were doing well despite the heat, with no injuries reported.
As of Thursday afternoon, the fire’s cause has not been determined. Ditzfeld said the damage to the residence was “significant.”
The investigation is being handled by SFD, SPD and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office.