OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —Several people are safe after being rescued from an apartment fire in Overland Park Thursday morning.
Just after 1 a.m. Overland Park fire crews were called to a fire in the 9200 block on Newton St. On arrival firefighters found smoke and fire showing from a two-story apartment building.
Firefighters rescued four victims from the building. Crews searched the entire building except for the apartment unit where fire crews believed the fire started. Heavy fire pushed crews out before completing a search of that unit.
Additional units from fire departments in Leawood, Lenexa and Shawnee were called to assist. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
“The entire building had to be evacuated and at this point because of water in the basement and power issues, no one is able to reoccupy right now,” Jason Rhodes with Overland Park Fire Department said. “We have 15 units worth of people who are currently displaced.”
Rhodes said tenants in seven apartments may be able to move back into their homes after utility service is restored to the building in the next day or two. Residents displaced by the fire will receive help from the Red Cross to find housing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.