Thursday, April 5, 2012

14 evacuate apartments after fire


Fourteen individuals, including two teenagers and two children, evacuated apartment buildings this morning after a fire.

The fire was 54 S. 20th Street and was reported to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department at 4:11 a.m. The fire spread from one vacant area to another.

Fourteen people evacuated an apartment complex as a result of seeing the fire. However, the fire would eventually spread into the same apartment.

No one was injured as a result of the fire. About $25,000 of damage was done to one of the vacant buildings; another $10,000 of damage was done to the vacant building on the south-side of the area.

The apartment where the 14 people reside had $10,000 worth of damage done to it.

The department is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Here’s the full statement from KCKFD Deputy Chief Craig Duke:
Crews on the scene reported structure totally involved. Fire was spreading to exposures on each side. Original fire structure collapsed in on itself and crews protected the exposures on each side. Crews were informed by neighbors that fire structure had been vacant and structure to South was also vacant. Structure to North side was a home that had been converted into two apartments. Residents of these apartments were awoke by the brightness of the flames from the original fire structure. All occupants had self-evacuated. The apartments were occupied by members of the same family. There were a total of 14 individuals who occupied both apartments. Upper apartment had 6 adults and 2 teenagers. Lower apartment was occupied by 4 adults and 2 children (unknown ages for children). Fire Investigator responded to scene. Estimated loss on original structure $25,000. Estimated loss to vacant exposure structure on south side $10,000. Estimated damage to occupied structure on north side $10,000. BPU shut off utilities to occupied structure. Utilities to vacant structures were already off. Red Cross responded to assist affected family. No injuries reported. NO OTHER INFORMATION.

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