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July 26, 2014

Three Kansas City officers checked for chemical exposure after rescuing man from suspicious house explosion

The rescued man was treated for smoke inhalation and all other occupants in the house escaped safely.

Three police officers may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals when they rescued a man from a burning Kansas City house after a suspicious explosion Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas City officers, who were the first responders on the scene in the 2900 block of Olive Street shortly after 5 p.m., were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, a police spokeswoman said.

It is unclear how many people were inside the home when the explosion occurred on the second floor, the spokeswoman said. All other occupants got out of the house safely. The man left inside was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation Saturday. Police drug enforcement investigators were working the scene with the Kansas City Fire Department.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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