Debris from the demolition of Trailwood Elementary in Overland Park caught fire Tuesday afternoon and was contained by firefighters who struggled to access the flames under layers of debris.
The Overland Park Fire Department responded to the former school site on West 95th Street shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Flames had started underneath debris left over from the demolition of the old Trailwood Elementary School and demolition crews used heavy equipment to shift debris so that responders could extinguish the fire.
Though the old school site is located next to the newly-constructed Trailwood Elementary building completed this December, that structure was unaffected. Officials said they did not yet know the cause of the fire.
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In January, health and safety concerns raised by Trailwood parents prompted the district to delay an asbestos abatement until spring break and demolition of the old Trailwood building to the summer session when kids are not in school. The abatement had originally been planned for January, with the demolition set to occur in the spring.