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8 alarm fire in Overland Park KS
Associated Press ^ | 03/20/2017 | AP

Posted on 03/20/2017 7:18:04 PM PDT by Mercat

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the suburban neighborhood nearby, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/2nLM3Hg ). Once one roof caught fire, embers jumped from roof to roof, spreading the blaze, said Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes. "It's a bit of a war zone down there frankly," Rhodes said. No serious injuries were reported, although one firefighter suffered a minor injury, he said.

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3 miles from my house
1 posted on 03/20/2017 7:18:04 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat
Neighborhood residents described hearing an explosion before debris fell on houses. "It sounded like a bomb," said Juan Roque.

What could have been in a building under construction that could have caused an explosion like that?

2 posted on 03/20/2017 7:21:24 PM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: Mercat

Did we just not have another on of those apartment fires that were under construction.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 7:21:39 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Mercat

How far from johnnys in OP?


4 posted on 03/20/2017 7:22:03 PM PDT by thinden
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To: Mercat

You guys OK? We were just a few blocks away from the shooting at Austins last month.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 7:22:29 PM PDT by navymom1
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To: Mercat

Same thing just happened in Raleigh NC a couple days ago...


6 posted on 03/20/2017 7:22:30 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Mercat
Second big fire at an apartment complex under construction.

One last week was in Raleigh NC.

Coincidence ?

7 posted on 03/20/2017 7:24:28 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Newbomb Turk

Be interesting to know the construction companies at each site....


8 posted on 03/20/2017 7:26:25 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: JBW1949

It would be just as interesting to know the makeup of the workforce at each site.


9 posted on 03/20/2017 7:29:37 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark (The American media: We do what the Soviet media did without the guns to our head.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Yep...That also....


10 posted on 03/20/2017 7:30:13 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Mercat

I am sorry. Can we have a string for LOCAL news? We have North Korea threatening TODAY the nuking of US cities and troops and we are doing local fires?


11 posted on 03/20/2017 7:31:20 PM PDT by WENDLE (DEFEAT RINOCARI . NO RINOCARE!! TRUMP WAKE UP!! Fire SESSIONS!!)
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To: Mercat

My daughter lives in the vicinity. Hope you are well.


12 posted on 03/20/2017 7:31:24 PM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: metmom
What could have been in a building under construction that could have caused an explosion like that?

Probably the propane tanks for the portable heaters used to warm up the interiors enough to allow drywall crews, tile crews and painters to work. Once they get hot enough the pressure relief valves of the propane tanks open and the propane in the tank ignites explosively.

13 posted on 03/20/2017 7:32:31 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: WENDLE

Open a string for North Korea yourself....


14 posted on 03/20/2017 7:35:33 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: JBW1949

Let’s do local news here. How is your girl’s softball team doing at your high school? Are you kidding me with this local fire “not News”


15 posted on 03/20/2017 7:38:42 PM PDT by WENDLE (DEFEAT RINOCARI . NO RINOCARE!! TRUMP WAKE UP!! Fire SESSIONS!!)
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To: WENDLE

What’s the point of bitching to all of us? It serves no purpose but to make yourself feel better.


16 posted on 03/20/2017 7:40:06 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: WENDLE

I meant nothing smart about my post...It’s already been on here about North Korea earlier today...

If you don’t want to know about these fires then you should’ve just passed this thread by, that’s all...


17 posted on 03/20/2017 7:40:35 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Newbomb Turk

Is this really important? we had a dog run over on SH 76 today!!


18 posted on 03/20/2017 7:40:38 PM PDT by WENDLE (DEFEAT RINOCARI . NO RINOCARE!! TRUMP WAKE UP!! Fire SESSIONS!!)
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To: JBW1949

I want to know about real news. I live in a very small town. We had a fire in a vacant lot. What is the difference? BREAKING NEWS!! Not “ LOCAL NEWS”


19 posted on 03/20/2017 7:42:37 PM PDT by WENDLE (DEFEAT RINOCARI . NO RINOCARE!! TRUMP WAKE UP!! Fire SESSIONS!!)
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To: freeandfreezing

The fire in Raleigh was only about three blocks from the Governor’s residence and about 5 from the captal Building...Right downtown...


20 posted on 03/20/2017 7:44:49 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Newbomb Turk

bttt


21 posted on 03/20/2017 7:46:59 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both)
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To: freeandfreezing

I know what propane can do.

There was a warehouse fire in Buffalo many years ago where the building filled with propane fumes and something happened to ignite it.

BIG mess.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 7:49:30 PM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: metmom

The ATF are investigating the fire in Raleigh...


23 posted on 03/20/2017 7:52:38 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Mercat

OUCH


24 posted on 03/20/2017 7:53:55 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Mercat

Open question: Was it ever determined what started that big fire in Raleigh last week?


25 posted on 03/20/2017 7:58:06 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Parley Baer

Yes! The Raleigh fire was also a building (complex?) under construction!


26 posted on 03/20/2017 8:00:01 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

Nope...Not yet...As I said, the ATF are investigating...


27 posted on 03/20/2017 8:00:21 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: BradyLS

I have people who live there...About 5 miles from where the fire was...


28 posted on 03/20/2017 8:01:06 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: BradyLS

Never mind me, folks! I need to read before posting!


29 posted on 03/20/2017 8:02:52 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: JBW1949

Thanks for the replies!


30 posted on 03/20/2017 8:03:45 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

Sure....


31 posted on 03/20/2017 8:04:31 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: WENDLE
I want to know about real news. I live in a very small town. We had a fire in a vacant lot. What is the difference? BREAKING NEWS!! Not “ LOCAL NEWS”

I live in a very small town too, but I like to know what is going on around the country and the World. After all, like the weather, all news is local news.

32 posted on 03/20/2017 8:07:54 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono
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To: Mercat

They build six story apartment building with large footprints, out of 2x4s and plywood, which will burn like gasoline once a fire gets started. They don’t become fire safe until the drywall and sprinklers go in, and the fireproofing is sprayed in the dead spaces. One of these burnt in Conshohocken, Pa.
http://morethanthecurve.com/five-year-anniversay-of-the-conshohocken-fire/

They’ll think it is a reasonable risk until some fire company gets taken out by the fire gods.


33 posted on 03/20/2017 8:08:25 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Mercat

Here’s a video of what the apartment complex WOULD HAVE looked like when completed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwDvrVuDtA


34 posted on 03/20/2017 8:08:52 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Apparently I'm still living in your head rent free. At least now it isn't empty.)
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To: JBW1949

ATF investigated the big 2012 West Oakland (CA) fire.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-Elite-team-searches-for-clues-to-big-fire-3649734.php


35 posted on 03/20/2017 8:20:18 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Man from Oz

My grandkids live two blocks away and had to be evacuated. Embers from the original fire damaged or destroyed 17 nearby homes.


36 posted on 03/20/2017 8:20:20 PM PDT by CarolAnn
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To: Mercat

My son lives about 1000 feet south of the new apartments being built. His place was OK but there were a bunch of homes that suffered from the blowing hot embers falling on the houses. Causing their homes to burn. Tonight there are still 600 homes without power. Very strange situation.


37 posted on 03/20/2017 8:22:51 PM PDT by ncfool (america Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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Glad your son’s house came thru unscathed. On the news coverage from the helicopter we could see my grandkids house and the fire was so close I couldn’t believe it never caught


38 posted on 03/20/2017 8:28:46 PM PDT by CarolAnn
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To: CarolAnn

Yep a big mess.


39 posted on 03/20/2017 8:35:55 PM PDT by ncfool (america Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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To: Newbomb Turk; JBW1949

In 2015 a completed and occupied wood frame apartment complex went up in NJ. IIRC that was ruled accidental due to maintenance work involving open flame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiV8CVYIPAw

It has always seemed like a bad idea to build massive 3-5 story buildings the size of a city block out of wood. Sure is is cheap, but as seen in NJ, even with sprinklers once fire finds the wood framing they always go to multiple alarms and usually a defensive operation to save nearby buildings. In the end all that is left is the foundation and stairwells.


40 posted on 03/20/2017 8:49:57 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Born to Conserve

The Avalon in NJ burned to the ground in 2015. It was completed and fully occupied. Once the fire got the the wood frame and i the walls, it was too late.


41 posted on 03/20/2017 8:52:42 PM PDT by matt04
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When I left work in Olathe today and saw the amount of smoke I thought ‘well that can’t be good.’ Smoke drifter as far as Springhill


42 posted on 03/20/2017 8:56:45 PM PDT by CarolAnn
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My kids attended Osage Grade School - which is closed - and Broadmoor Junior High in mid to late 1970’s before we moved to Lenexa. Overland Park, as I recall, is a huge area. Haven’t been up there for years but remember 87th Street and Metcalfe area well. Didn’t see any address where the fire occurred but wondered if it was anywhere near there.


43 posted on 03/20/2017 9:02:06 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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Nope.... south of 435 and I think west of alt 69. About 115th and Ballentine.


44 posted on 03/20/2017 9:04:35 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Grams A

113th and Nieman road.


45 posted on 03/20/2017 9:11:49 PM PDT by ncfool (america Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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To: Mercat

Thanks. All of that was farmland as I recall when we lived up there and 435 was relatively new. Son played baseball at the 3&2 park which was out in the middle of nowhere. Probably wouldn’t recognize it any more.


46 posted on 03/20/2017 9:12:54 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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I saw this during a meeting at my office.

The conference room had a windows facing south (we’re in Corporate Woods on the 14th floor.)

It looked like an inferno from about a mile away.

Mark


47 posted on 03/20/2017 9:23:25 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: freeandfreezing
Probably the propane tanks for the portable heaters used to warm up the interiors enough to allow drywall crews, tile crews and painters to work. Once they get hot enough the pressure relief valves of the propane tanks open and the propane in the tank ignites explosively.

There were certainly no heaters in operation today... The temperature was in the mid-80s today. Global warming and all that, it snowed less than a week ago.

Mark

48 posted on 03/20/2017 9:27:15 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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Not really close.

Maybe a mile or so west of US-69 and College Blvd (110th St.)

Mark


49 posted on 03/20/2017 9:32:03 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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Maybe a mile or so west of US-69 and College Blvd (110th St.)”

Ah, two street/highway names which come up in my memory bank. Thanks. When we moved to Lenexa, everything west of I-35 and 87th street was two lane and lots of hills. Remember having soooo much fun driving on them in the winter. The hill I remember the most was on Johnson Drive heading east just before you got to the Plaza. Being able to stop for the light at State Line was always iffy. Also remember the year Brush Creek flooded. We were sitting at the Plaza III having a dinner business meeting when a huge wall of water came crashing through the front window of the restaurant. Memories.


50 posted on 03/20/2017 10:56:52 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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