Four firefighters released from hospital after structure collapse in Shawnee house fire
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The City of Shawnee reported four firefighters were recovering at their homes after they were initially hospitalized following a house fire Tuesday night.
During a house fire near Grove and Silverheel streets just after 9 p.m., there was a collapse while firefighters were in the home, the city stated.
The four firefighters were taken to a hospital and released Wednesday morning.
A fifth firefighter was also treated at the scene.
The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating the incident.
By late Wednesday afternoon, the Eastern Kansas Multi-County Taskforce had completed their investigation. It’s been determined that it was an accidental fire caused by an electrical component in the basement. The fire progressed into a storage area underneath the stairwell, which firefighters used to access the basement. The fire had weakened the stairwell and it collapsed under their weight.
Damages are estimated at $300,000.
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