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KC police investigate evidence storage building fire, uncertain of effect on cases

Several shelves of items in the KCPD property and evidence facility destroyed by fire

The KCPD Property and Evidence Unit maintains hundreds of thousands of items for investigations and voluntary submissions. A fire broke out early Thursday that destroyed several shelves in a small section of the large facility.
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The KCPD Property and Evidence Unit maintains hundreds of thousands of items for investigations and voluntary submissions. A fire broke out early Thursday that destroyed several shelves in a small section of the large facility.

Kansas City police said Thursday they are continuing to investigate an overnight fire at one of their property and evidence storage facilities and are still assessing the damage.

The blaze at the Kansas City Municipal Services building at 5300 Municipal Ave. was discovered after officers responded to an intrusion alarm at 12:47 a.m.

Arriving fire crews found smoke pouring from the building. Firefighters extinguished flames they located inside a small portion of the warehouse. No injuries were reported.

It is unknown what caused the fire, what was damaged and how that might affect current and old cases, said Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.

There were no signs of foul play or evidence that someone tried to break into the building. Smoke and fire caused the intrusion alarm to activate.

The fire damage was contained to a small portion of the building. However, some items — including evidence — were destroyed. Police crews spent Thursday combing through the damage.

“Rest assured we are taking great measures to ensure the integrity of the property that remains and preventing further damage to partially damaged items,” Becchina said.

Items stored inside the facility contained property recovered in the 1970s.

“Because of the nature of the items housed here we are treating it like a crime scene to insure the integrity of the items stored there,” he said.

Police requested that prosecutors and attorneys seeking property give them as much advance notice as practical, preferably a month or more.

Residents requesting property were also asked to give the department at least a month to respond to their requests.

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