One person suffered minor smoke inhalation at two-alarm apartment fire in Overland Park Monday morning.
Residents described scrambling to escape with only the belongings on their backs.
Crews from Overland Park and Leawood fire departments were called about 9:20 a.m. to a building fire at the Hawthorne Apartments in the 5300 block of West 121st Terrace.
First crews on the scene reported heavy smoke visible from a second-story apartment.
Crews searched and evacuated the building while others attacked the fire, which was contained to a second-story apartment and the roof above the unit. One unit was destroyed and four others saw significant damage.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the bulk of the fire in about an hour.
No other injuries are reported.
A resident told firefighters he had used his fireplace on Sunday and cleaned it out Monday. He put the ashes in a plastic bucket. The embers apparently sparked the blaze.
The ashes from a fireplace can smolder for days and you are urged to put ashes into a metal container that is sealed.
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