5 displaced after fire engulfs unit of Overland Park duplex

Video still courtesy of Overland Park Fire Department.
Video still courtesy of Overland Park Fire Department.

The neighborhood south of Shawnee Mission West was active this morning as crews from the Overland Park Fire Department worked to control a duplex fire that forced seven inhabitants from their homes.

Investigators say they are looking into whether a space heater operating in one of the duplex units sparked the blaze, though the exact cause has yet to be determined.

Fire crews got the report of a fire in progress at the duplex in the 9000 block of W. 85th Street just after 5 p.m. Responders saw fire and smoke coming from the split-level structure when they arrived on the scene. They confirmed that four adults and a child had safely exited the unit with the fire in progress. The two adults who occupied the adjacent unit escaped safely as well.

Overland Park Fire Department Media Manager Jason Rhodes said the firefighters began an offensive attack on the blaze, and were able to bring it under control in about 15 minutes while additional personnel were working to confirm that it had been evacuated. Once the main fire was under control, crews spent an additional 30 minutes knocking out lingering flames in tight void spaces in the attic.

The unit where the blaze started is uninhabitable, and its five occupants are being assisted in securing housing by the Red Cross. The other unit is still habitable, and its two occupants were able to return to the home after crews quelled the fire.

Video from the scene from the Overland Park Fire Department is below: