Skip to comments.8 alarm fire in Overland Park KS
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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What could have been in a building under construction that could have caused an explosion like that?
Did we just not have another on of those apartment fires that were under construction.
How far from johnnys in OP?
You guys OK? We were just a few blocks away from the shooting at Austins last month.
Same thing just happened in Raleigh NC a couple days ago...
One last week was in Raleigh NC.
Be interesting to know the construction companies at each site....
It would be just as interesting to know the makeup of the workforce at each site.
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?
My daughter lives in the vicinity. Hope you are well.
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.
Open a string for North Korea yourself....
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”
What’s the point of bitching to all of us? It serves no purpose but to make yourself feel better.
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...
Is this really important? we had a dog run over on SH 76 today!!
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”
The fire in Raleigh was only about three blocks from the Governor’s residence and about 5 from the captal Building...Right downtown...
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.
The ATF are investigating the fire in Raleigh...
Open question: Was it ever determined what started that big fire in Raleigh last week?
Yes! The Raleigh fire was also a building (complex?) under construction!
Nope...Not yet...As I said, the ATF are investigating...
I have people who live there...About 5 miles from where the fire was...
Never mind me, folks! I need to read before posting!
Thanks for the replies!
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.
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.
They’ll think it is a reasonable risk until some fire company gets taken out by the fire gods.
Here’s a video of what the apartment complex WOULD HAVE looked like when completed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwDvrVuDtA
ATF investigated the big 2012 West Oakland (CA) fire.
My grandkids live two blocks away and had to be evacuated. Embers from the original fire damaged or destroyed 17 nearby homes.
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.
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
Yep a big mess.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Nope.... south of 435 and I think west of alt 69. About 115th and Ballentine.
113th and Nieman road.
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.
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.
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.
Not really close.
Maybe a mile or so west of US-69 and College Blvd (110th St.)
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.
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