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Man, 55, dead in Ellisville fire is identified

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One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.) One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.)
One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.) One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.)
One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.) One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: Robert Ebenrick Jr.)
One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: KMOV) One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: KMOV)
One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: KMOV) One person is dead after an apartment fire broke out in Ellisville late Monday morning. (Credit: KMOV)

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The man who witnesses say was killed from a fall from a window during an apartment fire in Ellisville has been identified.

Ellisville police identified the man as Patrick Hurley, 55. Metro West Fire Department also confirms he fell out the third-story window prior to emergency crews' arrival and died from his injuries.

Gail Coil lived two doors down at the Carmel Woods Condos in the 300 block of Carmel Woods Drive and came outside when she heard shouting.

"Well there was a lot of smoke coming out and he was hanging in the window with one arm and one leg out, coughing yelling help, help, said Coil."

In the moments before firefighters arrived, other neighbors found a ladder and were trying to get it to his third-floor window but didn't arrive in time.

Coil said, "He wasn't going to jump, he was trying to hang on there. But I guess the smoke got to him and he fell."

Five fire departments responded to the fire that broke out around 11:30 a.m. More than 70 firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading to other condos, at the large complex near Manchester Road and Keifer Creek Road.

Cindy Schuenke said she knew him for more than 30 years and said he was always willing to help others. Schuenke said the man had lived in the condo for six years after moving back to Missouri to care for his mother.

"Moved back from California, was out making sets out in Hollywood. Had a great job and a master carpenter," she said.

Friends also said the man who died was not married and did not have any children.

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Two Metro West firefighters were also taken to the hospital for burns. Both were treated and released.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office is still investigating the cause of the fire. Friends also said the man who died was not a smoker, and it is unclear if he was cooking in the kitchen when the fire started.

Skyzoom4 was over the area. You can watch raw video here.

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