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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Firefighters rushed to battle a large fire in an apartment building in Kansas City, Kansas, around noon Wednesday.

The building is near Southwest Boulevard and South Mill Street. Black smoke hung in the air and people across the metro could see it.

Emergency responders on scene said the building is abandoned and no one is injured.

Don Noone was working at one of the nearby houses. He said he called 911 when he realized there was a fire.

“I looked over there and I saw smoke coming out of the windows,” he said. “There was no fire coming out until just before the fire department got here.”

Defeating the midday fire in KCK’s Rosedale neighborhood was both challenging and familiar.

KCK firefighters have seen other fires at the Rosedale Ridge Apartments, a vacant building that’s been boarded up for at least five years, according to KCK Assistant Fire Chief Scott Schaunaman.

KCK fire engines also responded to the complex back in April. One neighbor told FOX4 he’s seen smoke and fire in the empty structure on four occasions and its concerning with homes sitting nearby.

A lack of water made fighting the fire tougher. Schaunaman said water mains close to the building are too small and they kept firefighters from using a lot of their larger tools. Fire hoses had to be run from three blocks over.

Two neighbors told FOX4 their tired of seeing Rosedale Ridge burn. One of whom said that even though the building has been boarded up for years, he still sees homeless people coming in and out, and its high time the rest of this structure was torn down.

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