Firefighters battle fire on North Mill in freezing conditions

Firefighters battled a fire in freezing conditions Tuesday morning on North Mill Street. There was significant damage to the home. (Photo from Scott Schaunaman, Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department)
Firefighters battled a fire in freezing conditions Tuesday morning on North Mill Street. There was significant damage to the home. (Photo from Scott Schaunaman, Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department)
Firefighters battled a fire in freezing conditions Tuesday morning on North Mill Street. There was significant damage to the home. (Photo from Scott Schaunaman, Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department)

Kansas City, Kansas, firefighters today battled both a fire and freezing conditions.

Fire crews responded to a fire at 9:41 a.m. Tuesday at a home at 259 N. Mill St., according to a spokesman for the Fire Department.

Heavy smoke and fire was showing from all the windows when the crews arrived, the spokesman, Scott Schaunaman, stated.

The snow and the freezing temperatures made surfaces hazardous to walk on, and because water used in attacking the fire has a chance of freezing, it increased the danger on the ground and ladders.

All the windows and doors of the home had been boarded up with plywood, and no utilities were running to the property, the spokesman stated.

The spokesman stated that damage to the home was significant, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Ammo ignites in vacant home fire

Kansas City, Kan., fire crews were endangered and had to back out of a residential building in the early morning hours Wednesday when ammunition started to go off.

According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, firefighters responded to a fire at 2128 S. 26th St. about 1:58 a.m. April 23.

Crews, responding within 4 minute, saw heavy fire coming from the roof of the one-story wood-framed residential building, the spokesman said. They were told it was vacant.

After ammunition started to go off, crews fought the fire in a defensive mode because of safety concerns, the spokesman said. The fire was brought under control in 25 minutes. The BPU also was called to take care of downed power lines.

The estimated damage was $52,000, a total loss, according to a Fire Department report.

The fire is under investigation, the spokesman said. Despite being under fire, firefighters were not injured.

 

Fire at apartment building on 72nd under investigation

A fire at an apartment building at 905 N. 72nd St. on Thursday night is under investigation, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.
There were no injuries, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.
The fire was reported around 9:49 p.m. April 17. When crews arrived they saw fire coming from the roof of the three-story apartment building, the spokesman said.
The fire was on the third floor, and it had extended into other apartments and the common attic area, he said.
All the residents had left the building’s 18 apartment units on their own by the time the firefighters arrived, the spokesman said. The fire was brought under control in 45 minutes.
The Fire Department said the estimated loss to the structure and contents was $300,000 on the $900,000 building.
The Red Cross was called to assist about 30 residents, who were all adults, the spokesman said.