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Southwest Blvd. fire: Three-story building packed full of furniture consumed by flames

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Smoke is filling the sky on the westside of the city Tuesday afternoon, as a building is on fire at 29th and Southwest Boulevard.

The three-alarm fire is at Friday's Only Furniture Store where no one was inside when the blaze began. Nearly 100 Firefighters immediately went into a defensive attack, and KCFD Chief Paul Berardi says they will be on scene until at least 8 p.m. Nobody is allowed in the collapse zone, and engineers from Kansas City's "Dangerous Buildings" unit will assess the scene.

There is concern that the building may collapse because of the heavy amount of cold water poured on the burning building. Firefighters are also working to stop the fire from spreading to any neighboring buildings.

Chief Berardi says the building's owner said it is full of furniture, but while there will be a massive property loss, so far no injuries have been reported.

The building owner said that there was damage done to the building over the weekend, and crews were there to fix it. The fire started at about 2:50 p.m., workers had left at about 1:30 p.m. after doing repairs on the roof.

The fire started on the third floor of the building and it's worked down to the second floor, it's anticipated that it will move down to the first floor before being fully extinguished. Furthermore, there was an internal third-floor collapse, and each level is packed with furniture according to KCFD, giving plenty of fuel to keep the fire burning. So far there is no indication on what caused the fire to start.