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Firefighter's grandfather killed in fire, 2 firefighters injured

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A 73-year-old man died in a fire Monday night in Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau firefighters battled a fire in the 300 block of Country Club Road after a came in just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 16.

When firefighters arrived, they say significant smoke was coming from the house.

As crews began to attack the fire, a neighbor told them the homeowner may be trapped inside. 

Firefighters began searching the home, and found the victim near the back of the home.

According to the Battalion Chief on scene, Mike Ramsey, the man was removed from the home and taken away in an ambulance at around 9 p.m.

Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton identified the victim as 73-year-old Zeno Blattel.

Battalion Chief Ramsey said Blattel was the grandfather to a firefighter who responded to the scene.

Two firefighters were injured.

Battalion Chief Fred Vincel said one firefighter fell through the first floor into the basement. He was treated at the scene.

Another firefighter was hit by falling debris, and sent for treatment at a nearby hospital.

Both are expected to be OK.

The fire department also rescued two dogs from the home.

No word right now on how the fire started. The state fire marshal's office was called in to help Cape Girardeau Fire Department investigators. However, no foul play is suspected.

Cape Girardeau Firefighters released the following statement on the fire.

First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to one of our members who lost his grandfather in a house fire last night. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as they cope with the tragic and unexpected loss. Also, 
the 2 firefighters who were injured during the fire. We are thankful their injuries do not appear to be severe. 
It is these difficult times that show the true brotherhood of the fire service and our organization and how thankful we are for our brothers and sisters and the outpouring of public support.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family get back on their feet.

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