Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fairfax business evacuates after fire scare

Employees working at a battery manufacturing company in the Fairfax industrial area of Kansas City, Kan., evacuated after a fire scare late Wednesday night.

Kansas City, Kan., firefighters responded to 3001 Fairfax at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

Nearly 80 employees working at the plant left the building after smoke was discovered on the second floor of the building.

However, in this case, there was no fire.

Firefighters extinguished embers on the floor. No one was injured in the fire.

More information from Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Duke:
Crews on the scene within 3 minutes reported smoke in a large industrial building. Approximately 78 employees were evacuated. Building was searched and no visible fire was located. Crews used infra-red cameras to locate source of smoke. Crews also laddered building to check out roof area. Crews on 2nd floor determined heat source was located in the floor area of the 2nd floor. Crews used saws to open up floor and found source of heat and smoke. Plant manager indicated that welders had been working in the area below earlier that day and hot embers may had smoldered in floor area. Embers were extinguished. Estimated damage to floor area $1,000. No injuries were reported.

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