Multiple Rescues at Kansas City Fire

Dozens of calls reporting a working fire.
(KCFD Station 23 “The Avenue”, Facebook)

One person jumped from a balcony to escape the fire

Anna Spoerre, The Kansas City Star

(MCT)

Jan. 13—Three people were hospitalized during an overnight apartment fire in Kansas City, officials said.

The Kansas City Fire Department received half a dozen calls of a fire in the 1100 block of Benton Boulevard just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, said department spokesman Jason Spreitzer.

By the time crews arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was already coming from the back of the four-story building, Spreitzer said. Fire started showing through the roof by 12:41 a.m.

One person sustained minor injuries when they jumped from a balcony to escape the blaze, Spreitzer said.

Three people were taken to the hospital, he added; one was listed in serious condition.

The American Red Cross is helping those who were displaced, Spreitzer said. The Red Cross could not immediately be reached to provide the number of those displaced.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Kansas City is assisting the fire and police department in investigating the cause of the blaze, according to an ATF tweet.

This is the second apartment fire investigated by the ATF in recent weeks in Kansas City. A national response team was called in to investigate an apartment fire that displaced about 30 families shortly after Christmas.

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