Fire closes school, business in Lee's Summit - KCTV5

Fire closes school, business in Lee's Summit

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Witnesses say firefighters on the scene were investigating the business side of the building and not the school side. (KCTV5/Jessica Reyes) Witnesses say firefighters on the scene were investigating the business side of the building and not the school side. (KCTV5/Jessica Reyes)
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

A fire at a metro technology building caused problems for businesses and schools in part of Lee’s Summit.

It happened at 5:16 a.m. at Diodes FabTech, Inc., which is connected to the Summit Technology Academy.

Security at the building had called firefighters to report smoke in the building and alarms going off.

When the fire department arrived, light smoke could be seen coming from the eastern side of the 540,000 square foot building, which was in the process of being evacuated. Employees told firefighters there was a fire in the fabrication area. 

The fire involved a piece of processing equipment used to make semiconductors.

Multiple overhead sprinklers had already one off and kept the fire contained within that room, and a fire hose was able to extinguish it by 5:40 a.m. Crews then checked to make sure the fire hadn't spread and that the chemicals in the machine hadn't become a hazard. 

No injuries were reported. Fire damage was contained to the area around the machine and there was smoke damage throughout the fabrication area. 

One of the biggest issues caused by the fire is what it did to some people’s schedules. Classes were canceled at the Summit Technology Academy and staff members at the school are reporting to another location.

"When I saw it I was amazed to see it happening out there," said Jose Riveles who works at AT&T. "I don't know really what is going on, and nothing like this has really ever happened before, that I could ever think of, in all the years that I've been here."

What caused the fire is under investigation . 

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