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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

VIDEO: 16 residents displaced by two-alarm fire

Posted: September 10, 2014 - 2:26am
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 4:23am

Firefighters from Overland Park, Merriam, and Lenexa responded on two-alarm apartment fire early Wednesday.

The call was dispatched at 2:05 a.m. following reports of a fire on the roof of a building in the Aspen Lodge Apartments. The building's address is 10224 West 81st Terrace.

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Overland Park Police arrived to report a "large amount of flames from the roof."

Arriving firefighters reported half of the two story building's roof was on fire.

OPFD Media Manager Jason Rhodes says, "firefighters went into search mode and assisted several people with evacuations, one just before the roof of the apartment building began to collapse."

Police evacuated a neighboring apartment building as a precaution, due to gusty winds and blowing embers.

A second alarm was dispatched at 2:15 a.m.. Dispatchers confirmed the fire was placed under control just after 2:50 a.m..

Rhodes says 16 residents were displaced. Complex management is working to house the residents in other apartments and the Red Cross is also assisting.

Rhodes also confirmed that one firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital with "minor medical issues."

No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

During the fire, several other fire departments sent fire crews to fill in at Overland Park Fire stations. Shawnee Fire sent an engine company to Overland Park's station two, which is located on 95th Street near Grant Street.

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