Overland Park fire officials say fireworks sparked blaze on wooden roof

Investigators believe fireworks sparked the blaze on a wooden roof in Overland Park Monday. Photo credit Overland Park Fire Department.

Fireworks are being blamed as the cause of a roof fire in Overland Park on Monday evening.

Overland Park and Lenexa firefighters were called to 9305 West 106th Street at 8:47 p.m. on reports of a roof fire. Arriving firefighters reported light smoke visible.

“Thankfully, firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, and no one was hurt, but this could have been much worse,” Overland Park Fire Department Media Manager Jason Rhodes said in a news release. “This is why fireworks are illegal in Overland Park.”

The fire department has not said where the fireworks came from in the neighborhood.

The house backs up to Interstate 435 and Corporate Woods. As fire crews arrived, many neighbors were already outside in anticipation of Overland Park’s Star-Spangled Spectacular fireworks show.

Fireworks are believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged two picnic tables at Osage Park, 6300 West 87th Street. Crews responded to the park just after 11:30 p.m.

No other details were immediately available.

Mike Frizzell is a freelance crime and fire reporter who runs Operation 100 News.