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Kansas City man wakes up to phone call: 'Your building is on fire'

Resident escapes building fire after friend wakes him with a phone call

A man living in a large building at 3600 Troost Avenue was awakened Sunday morning by a friend who called to tell him that his building was on fire. He thought it was a joke until he stepped outside.
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A man living in a large building at 3600 Troost Avenue was awakened Sunday morning by a friend who called to tell him that his building was on fire. He thought it was a joke until he stepped outside.

A man living in a large building on Troost Avenue was awakened Sunday morning by a friend who called to tell him that his building was on fire.

The fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. at 3600 Troost Ave., where Kansas City Fire Department crews extinguished the fire in the upper level of the building. Crews had the fire under control within about a half-hour.

Will Vannerson, a local artist who lives in the building and has a studio there, said he woke up to a phone call from a friend informing him the building was on fire.

"I said, 'No, it's not,' " he recounted in an interview with The Star later in the morning.

Vannerson said he thought it was a joke until he stepped outside and saw the arriving firetrucks. He escaped the fire unhurt.

Vannerson said he lives on the first floor of the building, so he didn't immediately notice the fire and smoke upstairs.

"It's sort of a different world," he said. "So that explains me not knowing what's happening."

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