8 units destroyed after blaze at Mission apartment complex

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MISSION, Kan. -- Fire crews were on scene of a fire Tuesday evening at an apartment complex in Mission, Kan.

The blaze began just before 9 p.m. in the 5400 block of Foxridge Dr. at the Hillsborough Apartments, near the I-635 and I-35 interchange.

"I actually heard some crackling, I thought it was a bigger fire than you would think," said Jeff Edwards, witness. "I ran outside and saw it was just totally engulfed. The far side of our building, it had already climbed to the second story and it was pretty out of control."

When firefighters arrived they made sure everyone was out of the building then they attacked the fire.

"The fire had a pretty good start on us to begin with and we had to knock down the bulk of the fire from the outside before we could go in and mop up the hot spots," said Gary Lamons, division fire chief.

Eight units were affected and at least 20 adults and two children were displaced because of the blaze. The Red Cross dispatched crews to help those who were affected.

"I was surprised no one was injured," Edwards said. "I think it would've been a different story if it was the middle of the night and people were sleeping, but given that it happened pretty early, people were still awake. It was a big factor that helped."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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