Fire at federal courthouse under investigation

Federal agencies are investigating a fire overnight at the U.S. Courthouse at 5th and State in Kansas City, Kansas.

A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer spotted smoke coming from the building while driving by on rounds about 8:44 p.m. Tuesday, according to KCK fire officials. The smoke was coming from the south side of the building from an exterior light fixture, along with light smoke visible inside the vestibule.

A general alarm was dispatched at 8:47 p.m., and the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department arrived about 8:50 p.m., with the first companies reporting light smoke coming from the roof of the south side, over the vestibule entrance, according to a spokesman.

Fire crews had to force their way into the building and deploy large search teams to determine the origin and extent of the fire, the spokesman stated. There were no visible flames at that time.

Crews discovered significant smoke conditions on the second and third floors of the south side of the building, the spokesman stated. Search teams forced open locked corridors and offices on the second and third floors to try to determine the source of the smoke and fire, the spokesman stated.

The source of the smoke was determined to be a fire in a mechanical void space that is about 2 to 3 feet tall and runs between the second and third floors, according to the KCK fire marshal.

Access was gained to the area by cutting through the outside of the building’s façade with powered forcible entry tools, the spokesman stated.

At 11:24 p.m., the incident was declared under control and the fire was out, according to the spokesman.

While search teams looked for the source of the fire, they had to use about 55 self-contained breathing apparatus, the spokesman stated.

Firefighters spent time trying to ventilate toxic smoke from the south section of the building, according to the spokesman, which was difficult because windows were not designed to be opened.

At 1:03 a.m. Jan. 20, all Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department, state and federal agencies cleared the scene, and no injuries have been reported, according to the spokesman.

Damage was limited to the south section of the building, and most of the damage was smoke damage, with some water damage, according to the spokesman. The exterior of the building was damaged from crews gaining access to the fire location.

The spokesman stated the damage to the mechanical void space is unknown at this time, as it had not been accessed by investigators yet.

Among the agencies investigating the fire are the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Droppelmann, fire marshal.

Fire reported on 11th

A fire was reported on Monday night at 2412 N. 11th St., according to a social media post by the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was showing from the building, according to the report. Fire crews attacked the fire offensively and conducted a search. No occupants were found in the building.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the report stated.

Fire heavily damages KCK restaurant

The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department is investigating a fire overnight at Captain D’s restaurant, 7525 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, that caused more than $500,000 damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

A fire at Captain D’s restaurant, 7525 State Ave., caused more than $500,000 damage overnight.

The cause of the fire, reported at 12:34 a.m. March 26, is undetermined and is under investigation, according to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department.

Crews arriving at the fire reported heavy smoke and flames showing from the side of the one-story restaurant.

Initially, crews fought the fire with an interior attack, the spokesman stated. Eventually all crews went into a defensive mode, and the fire was fought with elevated streams.

The estimated dollar loss was $336,000 to the property and $200,000 to the contents, the spokesman stated.

There were no injuries in this fire, according to the spokesman.