Multiple people hospitalized as fire burns at KCMO apartment com - KCTV5

Multiple people hospitalized as fire burns at KCMO apartment complex

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Officials say the fire started in a corner apartment but do not know what caused the flames. (KCTV5) Officials say the fire started in a corner apartment but do not know what caused the flames. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A fire at a Kansas City apartment complex sent multiple people to the hospital late Wednesday evening.

The flames started before midnight at Quality Hill Towers, located at 9th and Jefferson Streets.

Fire officials evacuated the residents of the apartments. They say multiple people were taken to an area hospital but did not say exactly how many were transported.

One resident, who lives on the ninth floor, says she was treated for smoke inhalation. She says the injuries sustained by those on lower floors were more serious.

Officials say the fire started in a first floor, corner apartment but do not know what caused the flames.

Bill Lewis lives in one of the evacuated the apartments. He says he was awoken by his fire alarm.

It was the first time I've ever been in a building where I've left where you could actually see and smell smoke," Lewis said. "So that was a surprise. If you haven't experience that, it wakes you up, even at midnight."

Lewis says fire officials were able to reach the apartments within the first ten minutes of fire alarms sounding.

"I think it was prompt. I'm a fairly good judge of time and I would say the first sirens were coming over the hill within ten minutes of the first alarm," he said.

Michael Bradford wasn't home when the fire broke out but noticed something was wrong when he tried to get inside.

"At first, I thought the lights were dim but then I realized the walls were black and that’s when the burning smell I had noticed kicked in," Bradford said.

Bradford immediately went to check his on his apartment but couldn't get in.

"I ran directly to my apartment and realized, not only had my door been kicked in, but the deadbolt had been changed," he said.

Bradford discovered the apartment that had caught fire was on the other side of the building.

Some residents who came back from the hospital early Thursday morning said all they wanted to do was get some rest after not being able to sleep all night.

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