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Incense may be to blame for an early Wednesday house fire in Merriam

Early morning fire heavily damages Merriam house

An early morning fire heavily damaged a house in the 4800 block of Knox Avenue in Merriam. The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Everyone inside made it out safely before firefighters arrived.
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An early morning fire heavily damaged a house in the 4800 block of Knox Avenue in Merriam. The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Everyone inside made it out safely before firefighters arrived.

Authorities think incense may have caused a Merriam house fire early Wednesday that started in a downstairs bedroom and eventually burned a hole through to the second floor.

At roughly 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, emergency crews from the Overland Park Fire Department, Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and the Shawnee Fire Department responded to a call in the 4800 block of Knox Avenue.

One person living in the home had woken up to fire in a first-floor bedroom, authorities say. The man woke up two other men in the home, and all three left safely and called authorities.

Emergency responders found smoke and fire and controlled the fire within 30 minutes.

Although the three occupants are uninjured, the house had significant smoke and fire damage.

The exact cause is still being investigated, an Overland Park Fire Department spokesman said.

Katy Bergen: 816-234-4120, @KatyBergen

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