Two hurt after chimney collapses into Merriam apartment building - KCTV5

Two hurt after chimney collapses into Merriam apartment building

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A mother and her young daughter were hurt after a chimney collapsed into their apartment building.

Crews from the Merriam and Overland Park fire departments and the Johnson County MED-ACT responded just after 5 p.m. on Saturday to a traumatic injury call at the Georgetown Apartments in the 7200 block of Eby Drive.

First crews on the scene found the woman and child with minor injuries from falling ceiling debris.

Firefighters determined that a brick chimney structure had collapsed into the apartment building, damaging three floors of the building.

The effected building was evacuated and all residents were accounted for.

Apartment management and the Red Cross are assisting residents with relocation until the structure can be deemed safe. Apartment management declined comment on Monday and asked KCTV5 to leave the property. 

City officials in Merriam are investigating the collapse, but no final determination has been made on what caused it. No other injuries were reported.

Residents at the apartments say there are maintenance issues including water leaks. Some fears that those leaks caused the collapse.

Some residents are stunned that anyone survived the collapse. One woman who lives in the building said she has complained for a year about the water leaks.

"Thank God my son was not in there at the time it happened," said the woman who asked not to be identified. "Where the ceiling had fallen down and the floor joints were coming out that's where my son plays his video games every day."

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