Firefighters rescue 7 people trapped in Overland Park apartment fire

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Firefighters rescued 7 people from a burning apartment building Saturday morning.

Just after 7 a.m. crews from Overland Park and Leawood Fire Departments were called to the 9500 block of Rosewood for an apartment fire at the Villa Medici Apartments.

People in the apartment courtyard told the first crews to arrive that there were still people trapped inside.

Fire crews immediately went into rescue mode and began aggressively searching for trapped occupants, while additional crews began an interior fire attack on a first floor fire.

Firefighters successfully rescued a total of 7 people, of which 4 were children, and 1 dog from second story balconies.

At this time, all occupants are accounted for and no injuries are reported.

Firefighters then worked to put out the blaze, which had made its way into the attic of the two-story building.

It took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

Crews were able to contain the fire to the west end of a 12 unit building, saving approximately two-thirds of the building.

Residents from the three damaged units are working with apartment management and the Red Cross to find temporary shelter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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