Police driving by Northland apartment building see smoke, help rescue residents

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Flames could be seen shooting out of a  two-story apartment building at 152 Highway and North Oak Trafficway Tuesday morning.

The fire at the Woods at Windrose Creek apartment complex broke out at about 5:30 a.m.  Six units have been affected by the fire, which started in a third floor apartment.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.  FOX 4's Kathy Quinn was told that several people called 911 about the fire.

"When I walked out.... you could see the flames shooting straight up the back of  the building and they were really,really high. The top apartment was fully engaged," said Celeste Johnson, who lives in the complex.

Celeste Johnson, who lives in the apartment complex, with her dog Teenie.

Celeste Johnson, who lives in the apartment complex, with her dog Teenie.

Johnson said she heard banging on the door before smoke alarms. She believes firefighters got there that quickly. Police officers driving down 152 Highway were actually among the first to see the fire. They saw smoke coming from the building and went to get people out.

Johnson said she was concerned about getting herself and her dog out alive.

"She was afraid of the policeman so she crawled under the bed, so I had to dive under the king-size bed and drag her out," said Johnson.

She said apartment managers came by and took residents' rental insurance information.

"Thank God for the firemen and the police. Thank God we're alive. I mean it could have been so, so much worse."


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