Four firefighters released from hospital after structure collapse in Shawnee house fire

The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating the incident.
The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating the incident.(Shawnee Fire Department)
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 6:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 12:30 PM CDT
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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.

Shawnee Fire Chief Rick Potter said four firefighters hospitalized in a Tuesday night fire were released and recovering at home.

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.

UPDATE:

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.