Residents escape burning Overland Park apartment building, but one dog dies

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A fire at an apartment building at 11831 Perry Street, forced residents to evacuate to safety.

The fire broke out at about 11:00 a.m. Friday morning.

The Highland Ridge apartment complex is located near Switzer Road and 119th Street. Everyone was able to get out safely after a maintenance man began knocking on doors, telling everyone to get out.

One woman said she heard him banging on her door. She was able to grab her keys and her cell phone, and saw smoke coming underneath her door as she dashed out of the building.

"Anytime you got a fire like this, evacuation is the first order of business," said Jason Rhodes, Overland Park Fire Department.

One dog died in the blaze. At least two units were destroyed. Rhodes said at least twelve units are connected in the building and said firefighters' big concern was keeping the fire spreading to the next building and endangering people and apartments there.

"Right now we've got crews exclusively focused on that attic area. The fire, it looks like it had burned up the exterior of the building on the first two floors, got into the eaves and into the attic and that's where it began to spread rapidly," said Rhodes.

Firefighters used foam to further smother the fire and cut out some ventilation holes.

"It looks like they made a good stop on it right now; kind of made a stand at one of those breezeways, if you will, got up in the attic, knocked it down," Rhodes explained their tactic.

The Overland Park Fire Department is battling an apartment fire Friday in the 11800 block of Perry Street.

The Overland Park Fire Department is battling an apartment fire Friday in the 11800 block of Perry Street.

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