An early morning fire Saturday at the Villa Medici apartments in Overland Park forced a dramatic rescue of seven people from second floor balconies by firefighters.
The blaze broke out in a two-story, 12-unit building in the complex near 95th and Nall at about 7 a.m., according to a release from the Overland Park Fire Department. In addition to Overland Park, firefighters Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and Leawood responded.
When the first crews arrived, residents reported some occupants were trapped inside. Firefighters began searching for the trapped residents while additional crews entered the building to douse the first floor blaze.
The firefighters were able to rescue three adults, four children and dog from the balconies. No injuries were reported.
The fire spread to the attic of the two-story building and it took about one hour to bring it under control. A video furnished by the department shows flames bursting from the roof:
Crews were able to limit the damage to the west end of the building, saving about two-thirds of the structure.
Residents from the three damaged apartments were assisted by the Red Cross and apartment management to find temporary shelter. The cause of the fire is being investigated.