Kansas firefighters battled two separate fires in overnight blazes early Wednesday in Olathe and Kansas City, Kan.
The Olathe Police Department, Overland Park Fire Department and the Johnson County Med-Act responded to an early morning house fire near 149th Street and Pflumm Road. The fire was called in just before 2:30 a.m. It had started on a house deck and spread into a small part of the attic on a house on the 14000 block of South Summit Street.
No injuries were reported, but damage to the home was significant. The fire had been caused by smoking materials left on the home deck, authorities said.
In a separate call, the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department rescued victims from a balcony at an apartment complex at 3730 Bryant Circle before 5 a.m. Heavy smoke had been seen from the fire at Bryant Manor Apartments.
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The fire was contained by 5 a.m., but two dozen people were displaced.
“Fast action and aggressive attack by FF’s, great stop on this one!” Kansas City, Kan., Fire Chief John Paul Jones tweeted.
By 6:35 a.m., firefighters said the apartments were all clear.