An early morning fire in a Kansas City area apartment has killed a child and injured a woman and another child.

Fire officials said the child who died in the blaze Sunday at the Raytown apartment building was 5 years old. A woman and an 18-month-old were seriously injured in the blaze. Authorities would not say if they were all related.

The victim's identity was not released.

KCTV reports that firefighters were called to the apartment at about 2:30 a.m. Raytown Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hunley said at one point during the fire, some firefighters became trapped by the flames and needed to be rescued. They were not injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Gord Horne