'Never forgotten': Missouri remembers 6 fallen firefighters that died in an explosion 32 years ago

  • Source: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City
  • Published: 11/30/2020 12:00 AM

Sunday marked 32 years since six Kansas City Missouri firefighters died in an explosion. The explosion happened at a construction site on Nov. 29, 1988. The crews were fighting a trailer fire. They were unaware the trailer had thousands of pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil inside, and the firefighters were killed instantly. The fire that caused the explosion was deliberately set and was ruled arson. Five people were found guilty of setting the trailer on fire. And now six crosses at a memorial near East 87th Street and Blue River Road bear the names of Capt. Gerald Halloran, Capt. James Kilventon, and firefighters Thomas Fry, Luther Hurd, Robert McKarnin and Michael Oldham. KCFD tweeted about the explosion Sunday with photos of the firefighters and the hashtag "never forgotten."


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