15 people displaced after Raytown apartment building catches fire

RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Thursday at a Raytown apartment building where 15 people were displaced from their homes.

The call for the fire, located at 9815 E. 61st Street, was sent out just before 7 p.m. Thursday. Raytown fire officials said the second alarm was added as a precautionary measure.

Raytown Fire Det. Matt Mace said more than a dozen Raytown and KC firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames shooting from a second floor apartment. The fire soon spread to a third floor unit.


Neighbors said a woman, who doesn't live at the apartment complex, raced inside the building and was yelling for tenants to get out. Firefighters said she suffered minor smoke inhalation and is now being treated at a nearby hospital.


No one else was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.