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Fire destroys downtown KCK houses; firefighter injured

Fire consumed three houses — two abandoned — on Orville Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., Monday evening.
Fire consumed three houses — two abandoned — on Orville Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., Monday evening. Jon Bidwell

Multiple houses went up in flames in downtown Kansas City, Kan., keeping fire crews busy Monday night.

A massive fire erupted at 700 Orville Avenue, sending flames and plumes of dark smoke into the air. Three houses were consumed in the blaze. Fire officials said one firefighter, who was not identified, was injured on the scene, but details about the seriousness of those injuries were not available.

A mother and her son escaped uninjured from one house. The two other houses destroyed were abandoned, according to news reports.

John Paul Jones, KCK fire chief, tweeted at 9:41 p.m.: “Command reporting ‘fire out’ conducting salvage & overhaul, equipment pick-up procedures & fire investigation.”

Jones said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

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