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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

VIDEO: Merriam apartment fire displaces residents

Merriam Fire's Engine 61
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Posted: July 1, 2014 - 12:47am
Updated: July 1, 2014 - 1:35am

Merriam and Overland Park fire crews are investigating after an electrical fire forced more than 20 people from their apartments late Monday.

Firefighters were called to the Georgetown Apartments in the 7100 block of Eby Drive just before 10 p.m.. Arriving firefighters reported a fire in an electrical panel in the basement of the two story apartment building.

Overland Park Fire's media manager Jason Rhodes says crews were able to knock down the fire with extinguishers, but because of the electricity, were unable to offensively fight the fire.

KCP&L arrived around 11:30 p.m. and cut power to the building.

After power was cut, firefighters were able to quickly knock the fire down and declared the fire under control about 11:50 p.m..

Rhodes says, "Firefighters did rescue a number of animals from the building. It's believed that 16 units are currently displaced and apartment management is working to relocate residents."

During the fire, power was turned off to the entire apartment complex. KCP&L is working to restore power to the other buildings in the complex, while leaving power off at the fire building.

No injuries were reported.

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