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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Firefighters report heavy fire showing from Olathe house

Posted: May 23, 2012 - 9:42am
Updated: May 23, 2012 - 10:06am

Crews from Olathe and Lenexa are on the scene of a house fire at 561 E 126th Terrace in Olathe. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke showing and then spotted flames visible on the rear of the two story home. The fire was reported shortly before 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon further investigation, Firefighters reported a rear porch was "fully involved" with fire. The fire also spread to the second floor and attic. Those firefighters also reported a downed power line in the backyard. A second-alarm was added to the call at 10 minutes into the incident.

A Battalion Chief on the scene sent a crew to ventilate the roof while another attacked the fire from the inside. As soon as the vent hole was cut into the roof, fire poured from inside.

The fire was declared to be under control at 10:01 a.m.. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and a damage estimate was not immediately available.

Firefighters from the Shawnee and Overland Park Fire Departments, along with Johnson County Fire District No. 2 are filling in at Olathe fire stations currently.

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