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Three-alarm fire heavily damages south Kansas City apartment building

Early morning fire damages apartments, destroys cars

The three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to an apartment building in the 11500 block of Holmes Road in south Kansas City. The blaze, which was reported around 3:30 a.m. at the Coach House apartment complex, also destroyed a carport and several veh
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The three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to an apartment building in the 11500 block of Holmes Road in south Kansas City. The blaze, which was reported around 3:30 a.m. at the Coach House apartment complex, also destroyed a carport and several veh

A three-alarm fire heavily damaged an apartment building and carport early Tuesday in south Kansas City.

The fire was reported about 3:40 a.m. in the 11500 block of Holmes Road.

Firefighters arriving within minutes saw that the carport was on fire and that it had spread to the nearby building, said Deputy Chief James Garrett, a spokesman for the Kansas City Fire Department.

No one was injured in the blaze and firefighters were able to revive a pet, he said.

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said via Twitter that the fire appeared to have started outside.

Chris Hanch, 70, said he was awakened to the sounds of explosions and walls shaking. He went outside to a patio to see what was happening.

“I saw the whole carport engulfed in flames along with a couple of cars,” he said. “The gas tanks on them were exploding.”

He went back inside, got dressed and then escaped with his dogs to a safe distance. He watched as the building was engulfed in flames.

“It got up to the roof,” Hanch said.

The fire damaged four units. Media reports said fireworks likely started the blaze. Fire investigators, however, continue to investigate and have not determined a cause of the fire, Garrett said.

The American Red Cross was helping five people from three families with immediate needs such as food and clothing. No one needed lodging because they had other arrangements, a spokesman said.

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

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