Three escape Merriam house fire safely in middle of night; incense left burning suspected as cause

Firefighters battled a house fire in Merriam early this morning. Photo via Overland Park Fire Department.
Firefighters battled a house fire in Merriam early this morning. Photo via Overland Park Fire Department.

Three people escaped unharmed from a house fire early this morning in Merriam. The home sustained significant smoke and fire damage.

Firefighters were called to the house in the 4800 block of Knox in Merriam just after 1:30 a.m. this morning. The first units on the scene reported smoke and fire showing from the two-story single family home. All of the residents were out of the house safely when fire units arrived.

Crews from Overland Park (which provides fire service for Merriam), Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and Shawnee all responded to the call. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

According to the Overland Park Fire Department, one resident reported waking to fire in a downstairs bedroom. He woke the remaining two male occupants of the house who called 911 and made it out of the house safely. The Red Cross is assisting all three with housing.

Based on information from the occupants, the Overland Park Fire Department said it appears incense left burning unattended may be to blame for the fire, but the exact cause is under investigation.

Video of the fire scene is below, provided by the Overland Park Fire Department: