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Kansas City, Kan., house catches fire for the third time this week

Updated: 2013-09-18T22:47:36Z


The Kansas City Star

For the third day in a row, firefighters rushed to a fire in the same vacant house in a northeast Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood.

All three fires are believed to be arson.

“Whoever is doing this obviously doesn’t care about the neighbors or our firefighters,” said Deputy Chief Kevin Shirley, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

“We had to pull out our firefighters after there was a partial roof collapse. It’s really dangerous.”

The latest fire was reported about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at the single-story house in the 2000 block of North 33rd Terrace.

Arriving crews reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the house, and commanders soon determined it was too dangerous to fight the fire from inside.

A tone alerted firefighters to evacuate the burning building. After all the firefighters were accounted for, they fought the blaze defensively and brought it under control about 7:05 a.m.

The house already had caught fire twice within five hours earlier this week.

The first fire was discovered about 8 p.m. Monday in the rear of the single-story house.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters rushed to the second fire, in which two separate areas were ablaze at the rear of the house. The fire had extended to the attic and compromised the roof.

Anyone with information about who might be setting the fires is asked to call 816-474-TIPS (8477).

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to

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