Firefighters from four departments battled a major fire in a large Mission Hills home Friday afternoon. The fire caused major damage to the three-story structure.
The homeowners were in the house when the fire broke out about 1:19 p.m. and they called 911. Also in the home was an electrical contractor who was working in a room on the second floor, according to fire officials. The homeowners, their dog, and the contractor were all out of the house when Prairie Village Police Officer Seth Meyer arrived on the scene. Meyer was on patrol in Mission Hills (it is a joint department) when the call came in and was the first of emergency responders to arrive.
Fire Chief Tony Lopez of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 said smoke was coming from the upper roof line when fire crews arrived. The fire apparently broke out somewhere in the attic, he said. After hitting the fire with aerial streams, firefighters entered the third floor through dormer windows and were fighting it from the inside when heavy flames erupted again from the roof about 3 p.m. The firefighters were forced to retreat from the third-floor balcony and return to a defensive attack.
Lopez said smoke was seen in walls on the lower floors and the flames may have erupted again from below. Crews were headed in to open the walls and look for fire that had traveled down to the lower floors.
The cause of the fire was still undetermined, but damage to the home was extensive. It was shrouded in heavy smoke most of the afternoon. The house is located at 2303 W. 59th Street, a couple of blocks west of State Line Road. The homeowners were watching firefighters battle the blaze, but declined to comment.
At one point a drone was seen hovering above the house while firefighters were still directing water from a nearby aerial bucket.
Fire crews from Overland Park, Leawood and Shawnee assisted in fighting the fire.