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Friday, August 19, 2011

Downed power line likely cause of overnight house fire in Overland Park

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Courtesy OPFD Media Manager - Jason Rhodes
The Overland Park Fire Department is estimating damages of $70,000 after a downed power line started an Overland Park home on fire.

Fire crews from Overland Park, Leawood and Consolidated Fire District No. 2 were dispatched to the 8200 block of Hemlock Street just before 1 a.m. this morning. Crews were across the street investigating a possible electrical problem inside a neighbors home. While investigating that someone noticed smoke from this house. A neighbor alerted and evacuated the residents. Fire crews found a downed power line in the backyard. Further investigation led firefighters to the attic where they found significant fire.

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Courtesy OPFD Media Manager - Jason Rhodes
The fire was contained to approximately one half of the house near the garage. A statement released this morning by the Overland Park Fire Department states that when the power arced a fire is believed to have started in a wall which then spread into the attic.

No injuries were reported.
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