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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2-Alarm apartment building fire in Shawnee

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 8:49pm
Updated: February 16, 2012 - 1:39am

Just after 8:20 p.m., Shawnee firefighters were called to investigate reports of an apartment building fire at building 7606-7608 Goddard Street, Fox Run Apartments.

As fire crews began to arrive in the area, they reported smoke was visible. Once crews reached the building, inside the apartment complex, smoke was visible from the two story apartment building. A short time later, those same crews reported fire was now showing through the roof.

A 2nd-Alarm response was requested just before 8:45 p.m.

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Shawnee Fire Department, Fire Prevention Officer, Corey Sands, says Firefighters rescued two people from second floor balconies using ground ladders. Both people were reported to have minor injuries, they were treated on the scene and released. No other injuries were reported.

Sands also says residents of 24 units were displaced by the fire. 12 of those units sustained significant damaged in the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is now estimated at $750,000.

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Firefighters from Merriam, Overland Park and Lenexa assisted Shawnee Fire on the scene. The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center Mobile Command Post also responded to the scene.

Two fire crews remained on the scene until around 4:30 a.m., extinguishing hot spots.

Investigators will return to the site this morning to continue the investigation.

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