Business forced to rebuild after fire destroys building at 8th and Prospect

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thursday evening was terrifying evening for a metro neighborhood, as a building went up in flames. One firefighter was injured and others that were inside say they’re lucky to be alive. The fire started around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, near the intersection of 8th and Prospect.

The building’s owner says he was on the back deck, making coal for metal projects when the fire started. He says he tried to put it out, but realized it was out of control. He and his fiancé, along with others escaped the fire. A woman who owns the gas station across the street says it all happened at once and before she knew it smoke was approaching her business. She was concerned her gas station would explode.

Initially firefighters had trouble getting inside the building and had to fight the flames from above. The owner says he’s lost everything but is thankful to be alive.

“I was just yelling, trying to get water, trying to get people to bring buckets of water, trying to get people to put it out,” building owner Randy Sumpter said.

“All I noticed were all the big flames coming up. I thought everything was gonna catch on fire because it was so bad,” gas station owner Jessica Frey said.

In all, 13 units were sent out to battle the flames. One firefighter was injured, after slipping down a flight of stairs and injured his ankle. A construction business uses the building. FOX 4 spoke with its owners and they say this fire was definitely a step back but it will not stop their business. They plan to rebuild.