Man arrested for starting 3-alarm fire - KCTV5 News

Man arrested for starting 3-alarm fire

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Crews were battling a three-alarm fire in the 5900 block of Manchester Ave. near Blue Parkway on Friday.

Someone called the fire department about the fire at about 3:55 p.m.

Heavy fire and smoke were visible when firefighters arrived on-scene.

At 4:11 p.m., all firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure.

The fire was in multiple parts of the home, which has multiple additions.

By 4:27 p.m., firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure for the second time.

A man was put in handcuffs and taken into custody at the scene.

The authorities said he was behaving in an unruly manner and that he told them he was responsible for starting the fire.

A witness said he was related to the homeowner. 

At the time of this report, no one had been injured. No one was inside during the fire. 

Fire officials said the home is a total loss. 

The extreme heat another challenge for these first responders…

Extra pumpers and crews were called out of concern firefighters would overheat.

“With all their gear, their air packs, and all the tools, you’re talking roughly 90 to 100 pounds on top of the heat," said Mike Bracken, KCFD Deputy Chief.

One firefighter became overheated but was treated on-scene and released.

The authorities are still trying to figure out what exactly started the fire. 

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