Fire at Overland Park group home sends 6 people to hospitals, 1 in critical condition

Emergency crews took six people to the hospital, one with critical injuries, after a fire broke out just after midnight Wednesday in an Overland Park home for people with disabilities.

Arriving firefighters reported seeing flames at the two-story house in the 14100 block of Parkhill Street.

Police met fire crews in the front yard and said four people had been evacuated, but two others were still inside the house. Firefighters searched and found the two other residents on the second floor of the house, according to the Overland Park Fire Department.

While the search was taking place, other fire crews battled the blaze, which was located at the back of the house.

Emergency crews took all six people to hospitals. A 28-year-old man was in critical condition, and a 22-year-old man was in serious condition at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said in a news release.

Three others were treated at the hospital and released. The fourth patient was taken to another hospital in good condition, according to fire officials.

Firefighters from Overland Park and Olathe brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The fire damage was limited to the back portion of the house, including the kitchen and basement areas. The rest of the house had moderate smoke damage, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home had working smoke detectors.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb