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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Eight displaced by Saturday afternoon duplex fire in Shawnee

Posted: August 22, 2020 - 11:00 p.m.

Eight people are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross after their duplex was heavily damaged by fire Saturday afternoon. At least three children were among the displaced.

Firefighters arrived to find the garage of the duplex heavily involved with fire.
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Firefighters from Shawnee, Overland Park, and Lenexa were dispatched to the fire at 11319 West 71st Terrace just before 2 p.m.

Arriving firefighters found heavy fire coming from the garage of the two-story building.

A Shawnee Firefighter extends the ladder towards the fire building.

Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands says an unknown man alerted the residents in the western half of the duplex by pounding on the back of the house and breaking several windows. Sands says the broken window likely contributed to the rapid growth of the fire.

Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to get the majority of the fire knocked down.

All residents and their pets escaped safely.

Johnson County Med-Act called in their firefighter rehabilitation unit due to the hot weather. No firefighters were injured.

As of Saturday evening, Fire Marshal Sands said investigators had concluded that the fire started in the garage on the west side of the building, but were still working to determine an exact cause.

A total of six fire rigs responded to the call.

Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Fire investigators say the fire started in the garage, but have not determined an exact cause.

The western half of the duplex lost its entire roof to the fire. The other half of the duplex
was also damaged by smoke, fire, and water.

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KCK Firefighters recover body of 11-year-old who drowned in the river

Posted: August 22, 2020 - 10:25 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2020 - 5:25 a.m.

UPDATE: Kansas City, Kansas Police say they were called to the Kansas River near the Turner Diagonal about 5:30 Monday evening after a boater reported a body.

In a news release, police say they fire department launched two boats onto the river just before 6 p.m. and recovered the body near the western bank of the river under the Turner Diagonal at 6:14 p.m.

Police have now identified the girl as Rebecca Van Sui Par, 11, of Kansas City, Kansas.

"The preliminary investigation indicates an accidental drowning, but will remain under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department's detectives unit pending autopsy results," the release said.

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Kansas City, Kansas firefighters searched the Kansas River for about six hours after a child was reported missing while swimming with family on Saturday afternoon.

Kansas City, Kansas Fire established their command post on the I-435 overpass.
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Police and firefighters were called to the river, just east of the Interstate 435 overpass about 3:30 p.m.

"Upon arrival, officers were informed that while a family was playing near a sand bar in the Kansas River a beach ball was stuck causing it to land in a portion of the river where the current was moving rapidly and undercurrent was present," Officer Dustin Dierenfeldt of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said in a news release.

Ofc. Dierenfeldt says an 11-year-old girl entered the river trying to retrieve the ball when she was sucked under the water surface.

"One adult and two juveniles entered the water to rescued the 11-year-old, but also required rescue," Ofc. Dierenfeldt said.
Shawnee Police assisted with contacting the family on the south side of the river.

Firefighters from the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department searched the river until 9 p.m. with four boats and the assistance of a helicopter from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.

The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department's helicopter assisted with the search on Saturday.

About 7 p.m., the Overland Park Police Department's dive team arrived at the Turner boat ramp and began their search of the river. The dive team is equipped with Sonar capabilities to better see under the water.

KCK Fire ended their search for the night at 9 p.m.,  At 10 p.m., Kansas City, Kansas Police said the girl had not been located and efforts had shifted from rescue to recovery.

Firefighters returned Sunday morning and searched the river from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with three boats. As of 5 p.m., KCK Police say the girl has not been located.

KCK Police say the incident is under investigation by their Criminal Investigations Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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