Fire officials calling apartment blaze suspicious - KCTV5

Fire officials calling apartment blaze suspicious

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Investigators are working to figure out who or what sparked an apartment fire overnight in Kansas City, KS.

No major injuries were reported, but firefighters are calling the blaze suspicious and people living at the apartment said it was no accident.

The fire broke out about 1:45 a.m. Friday at the complex located near 18th Street and Everett Avenue. It started in the center first floor unit. The flames reached to the second floor and damaged the surrounding apartments.

One family living on the destroyed first floor unit believes it was targeted. The mother, her two sons and stepfather said two men have been threatening to do something like this, to get the family off the block.

"They kept sending us numerous threats, but I never paid attention to it. I didn't think they was going to do nothing," Kwame Liggins said.

The 10-year-old was in the front room watching cartoons when he smelled something burning, saw the fire in the hallway and alerted his family.

"I was in the back room laying down getting ready to go to sleep and my little brother came running in the room. He heard, he saw some fire in the hallway so after that we just evacuated and got everybody out the window safe," Liggins said.

The family of four escaped through a window with minor injuries.

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