Overland Park fire crews help 11 evacuate burning building - KCTV5 News

Overland Park fire crews help 11 evacuate burning building

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The Overland Park Fire Department helped several people escape a burning apartment building earlier today, including this young woman and her dog. (Submitted photo) The Overland Park Fire Department helped several people escape a burning apartment building earlier today, including this young woman and her dog. (Submitted photo)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Crews battled a fire and rescued several people at an apartment complex in Overland Park on Sunday.

A person at a nearby playground had called 911 about 8:20 a.m. and said there was smoke coming from an apartment building at the Magnolia Parc apartment complex, which is in the area of 80th and Farley.

When crews arrived, there was visible smoke.

Crews from Overland Park, Lenexa, and  Johnson County Consolidated Fire District No. 2 quickly worked to set up fire attack and rescue efforts to help several people get out of their apartments or off their balconies.

A total of 11 people were helped to evacuate the building, with several being helped off balconies.

One person was taken to a nearby hospital due to possible smoke inhalation. Another was treated at the scene and refused transport.

Among those who exited the apartment were Kevin Miller. He had just come home from breakfast when he noticed a smell. 

"I'm on the first floor right there," Miller said. "I went to Dunkin' Donuts, got some coffee, sitting on my chair. I went *sniff* and it smelled like smoke and it was coming through the door."

One family showed KCTV5 pictures of an Overland Park firefighter helping a young woman and her dog onto a ladder. 

"I'm glad they came out here as fast as they could and got everybody out," Marcus Boatwright said. 

The fire damage was isolated to the apartment it started in, as well as the above apartment.

However, all units in the building had some level of smoke damage and up to 20 people will be displaced.

Efforts are being made to help them with short-term sheltering needs.

Smoke detectors could be heard in several apartments, but not in all of them. “It is important to ensure that smoke detectors are up to date and are actively working,” the release from the fire department noted.

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