Monday, March 25, 2013

Two firefighters injured while battling fire on Minnesota Avenue


Two Kansas City, Kan., firefighters were injured today while battling a fire on 18th Street and Minnesota.

Firefighters reported to the scene at 1857 Minnesota Ave., just after 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. One firefighter suffered an injury to the knee, while another had injuries to the neck and back.

However, Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Duke said the injuries were non-life threatening.

The fire caused about $30,000 worth of damage to the home. No one was inside it.

Full KCKFD media statement:
Crews on the scene within two minutes reported heavy fire and smoke coming from a two-story wood framed structure. Crews found heavy fire inside the structure that had extended to the second floor and attic. Primary search determined the structure was vacant. Crews were hampered by the fact structure had been converted into apartments. Crews had to evacuate the structure when structure floors started to give way. Fire was under control within one hour. Fire Investigator responded to scene. The fire is under investigation. All utilities to the structure were off. Two Firefighters were injured during firefighting activities when they went through the floor on the lower level. Both were transported non-emergency to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, one with a knee injury and the other with back and neck injury. Estimated damage to structure $30,000. No other injuries were reported.