Thursday, September 11, 2014

KCK firefighter injured while battling fire

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- A Kansas City, Kan., firefighter was injured while battling a fire at 5625 Sutton Ave.

The fire happened on Thursday morning just after 9:30 a.m.

The fire, which remains under investigation, caused $168,000 worth of damage to the property. An additional $100,000 worth of damage was done to contents inside the home.

The firefighter suffered minor burns to the neck.

More information:
Crews on the scene within 3 minutes reported fire and smoke showing from a split-level wood framed residential structure. Crews were informed that all residents had self-evacuated after smoke detectors alerted them. Primary search of structure confirmed all residents were out of the structure. Fire was located in basement area utility room. Fire had extended through walls to attic area. 
Crews had fire in basement under area control within 15 minutes. Crews worked on locating fire extension in walls and attic to extinguish. Fire Investigator responded to scene. Fire is under investigation. Estimated damage to structure $110,000. Pre-fire value of structure $168,000. Estimated damage to contents $90,000.

Estimated pre-fire value of contents $110,000. Red Cross was called to assist family of one elderly male, adult daughter, and adult granddaughter. Two family cats succumbed to injuries in the fire. BPU and gas service responded to shut off utilities to structure. One firefighter received minor burns to neck area. Firefighter was transported non-emergency to area medical center to be evaluated. No other injuries reported.