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Officers exposed to substance after suspected drug explosion

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Police said that three officers were exposed to an unknown substance when they responded to a suspected drug explosion.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. in a home in the 2900 block of Olive in eastern Kansas City.

A drug investigation unit was called to the scene to examine the house, but no results have been released.

Those three officers work out of the Kansas City Police Department's Central Patrol. The explosion was right down the street so they were the first crews on the scene, but they might have breathed in something bad when they went in the house.

The explosion rattled windows several houses down, including the one where Asia McClain lives.

"We came outside to make sure there was nobody hurt. You could see smoke coming out of the window on the third floor," she said.

And that smoke concerned investigators when police ran into the building to help. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson said they breathed in an unknown substance.

"At this time it is unknown exactly what that chemical actually was. We definitely want to err on the side of caution by getting them checked out," she said.

McClain said the people who lived in the house had small children, and she worries about the safety of them and other children on the block.

"It is kind of sad because this is our neighborhood and our kids are going to be outside playing. If this is the kind of thing that is happening in our neighborhood, you don't want them to be outside playing," McClain said.

One person living in the house breathed in some smoke too. That person also had to go to the hospital, but no one was seriously injured.

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