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Six hurt in Overland Park apartment fire, one seriously

Updated: 2013-12-04T03:01:02Z

By BRIAN BURNES

The Kansas City Star

One person suffered serious injuries in a fire at an Overland Park apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters responding to an alarm at the Metcalf 56 Townhomes complex at 12:15 p.m. found a large fire in the back of a three-story apartment building in the 5600 block of Floyd Street.

Emergency medical personnel transported one person with “significant” burn injuries to a hospital, said Jason Rhodes, Overland Park Fire Department spokesman. One police officer was taken for treatment of smoke inhalation, and four residents were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

The fire damaged at least 10 apartment units, Rhodes said, and smoke damaged six more.

It took two hours for firefighters from four departments to bring the blaze under control. The Red Cross was assisting displaced residents, some of whom reported hearing an explosion at the time of the fire.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the explosion started the fire or was caused by it.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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