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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Minor injuries after disturbance and fire in Shawnee

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 4:27am
Updated: December 6, 2011 - 5:12am

Update: The Shawnee Fire Department's Fire Prevention Officer, Corey Sands, says that the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing and that "it does not appear to be accidental."

Shawnee Police are assisting with the investigation and do not have any suspect information to release at this time.


Original Post:

The Shawnee Fire Department and Police are investigating this morning after a disturbance and a fire broke out. Police and Firefighters were called to 11007 Johnson Drive just before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A source familiar with the incident tells me that the victim was allegedly assaulted and the suspect or possibly suspects, then started a fire inside the building. The victim was able to make his was to a neighboring 7-Eleven and called 911.

Police arrived on scene and reported that the suspect had fled the scene. Fire crews reported "light smoke visible from one half of a block away." Upon further investigation fire crews located and quickly knocked down a fire. The fire was reported under control just after 4:20 a.m..

Johnson County Med-Act transported the victim to an area hospital with minor injuries, related to the assault.

Shawnee Firefighters were assisted by crews from the Merriam Fire Department on the fire scene. One apparatus from the Overland Park Fire Department also responded to provide fire coverage for the area.

A damage estimate has not been released and the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Police are also investigating the alleged assault.

The neighboring "Pegah's Family Restaurant" along with other neighboring businesses were checked and are being allowed to open as normal.


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