Posted: April 11, 2012 - 1:53am
Updated: April 11, 2012 - 4:18am
While this fire occurred outside of the normal reporting area for Operation 100 News, it still seems worthy of being reported.
An early morning fire forced six people from their home in Butler, Missouri (Bates County), approximately 60 miles south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Officials say the fire broke out at 210 W Dakota Street shortly after midnight, Wednesday morning.
Initial reports indicated that at least two people escaped the fire through a second story window, a drop said to be "more than 10 feet" to the ground.
Officials confirm that three people have been transported by air ambulance to Kansas City area hospitals.
Two LifeFlight Eagle helicopters from the Kansas City area responded along with a MedFlight helicopter from Nevada, Missouri. All three helicopters transported victims to Kansas City area hospitals.
A source familiar with the incident reports that a "46-year-old male" victim was admitted to the burn unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Another male, said to be 18-years-old, suffered trauma injuries from a long fall and smoke inhalation. A child was also reported to have been transported by the third helicopter to Children's Mercy.
The State Fire Marshal has been requested to respond to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.
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