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Kansas City furniture outlet building destroyed by fire ordered to be torn down

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The city says the Friday's Only Furniture Outlet building on Southwest Boulevard will be torn down Monday. (Jeff Roberts/KCTV5 News) The city says the Friday's Only Furniture Outlet building on Southwest Boulevard will be torn down Monday. (Jeff Roberts/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

People are trying to figure out what's next for the furniture building that burned in a massive fire earlier this week.

The city says the Friday's Only Furniture Outlet building on Southwest Boulevard will be torn down Monday.

The owner received a permit Thursday to demolish the burnt structure. Fire crews were called back the same day, spraying more water because materials inside are still smoldering. The city says the building must be torn down.

On Tuesday, 90-plus firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Flames and thick black smoke poured into the sky. The fire ripped through every level of the building. It’s now just a shell with a bunch of burnt furniture and building materials inside. 

Demolition on the building will start next week.

“Because it’s not safe. You’ve got three in a half stories of brick with no stabilization. We got to knock it down to make it safe. It’s very unsafe right now," said Battalion Chief Mike Cashen. "There’s probably 25 feet of rubble built up inside the brick wall, you see, inside the four walls still standing, and it’s going to smolder until we can get the walls knocked down."

Fire crews will likely return Friday and this weekend. The city says the structure poses no imminent threat to the public’s safety. Caution tape is roped around the building to keep anyone from getting close. 

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