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Overland Park eight-alarm fire: What you need to know

Five things to know: The Overland Park apartment fire

A massive eight-alarm fire consumed an apartment building under construction at a multimillion-dollar development in Overland Park on March 20. The blaze sparked fires at many homes in the nearby. The video includes footage from Overland Park Fire
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A massive eight-alarm fire consumed an apartment building under construction at a multimillion-dollar development in Overland Park on March 20. The blaze sparked fires at many homes in the nearby. The video includes footage from Overland Park Fire

Here are key facts to know about Monday’s massive Overland Park blaze at CityPlace.

▪ The blaze began at an apartment building within a $450 million development, known as CityPlace.

Huge building fire in Overland Park ignites blazes at many homes blocks away

A massive eight-alarm fire consumed an apartment building under construction at a multimillion-dollar development in Overland Park and sparked blazes at many homes in the nearby neighborhoods. The blaze broke out in a four-story unoccupied apartme

▪ The fire began in apartment building at its “most vulnerable time.”

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▪ Exhausted and scared, families gathered to discuss what comes next.

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Pauletta Ashby and her son Damian Ashby returned to their Overland Park home Tuesday afternoon near the CityPlace development, only to find everything was burnt and gone. Pauletta recounted how she survived the eight-alarm fire while salvaging few

▪ The CityPlace development has been hailed as an important extension of one of the largest employment zones in the Kansas City area.

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▪ CityPlace developers were in the process of constructing apartment and office space as well as ground-level retail.

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▪ The blaze drew comparisons to a similar fire in Raleigh, N.C., raising questions about safety of under-construction buildings with wood materials.

After Raleigh apartment fire, safety of wood construction questioned

Fire consumed a 241-unit apartment building under construction near downtown Raleigh last Thursday night.

▪ Overland Park residents told of helping one another extinguish fires at their homes, sparked by embers carried on the wind from the main blaze. At least 22 homes were damaged and some destroyed.

Residents battle house fires amid burning debris from CityPlace blaze

Dozens of investigators from multiple agencies began work Tuesday to search for a cause and to assess the damage.

Task force investigates massive Overland Park fire as support is offered to residents

Overland Park's March 20 fire destroyed one building under construction at College Blvd. and Nieman Road and damaged more than 20 nearby homes. Fire Chief Bryan Dehner said investigators are now working to determine what caused the blaze. This vid

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