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Old 03-20-2017, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Wow, that is one huge fire burning in Overland Park. Hope nobody is hurt.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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All I've heard is that one apartment burned down completely and another one was in the process of burning down. One firefighter was hurt, not seriously. Big Fire.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:28 PM
 
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Nasty fire... the wind blew all the embers into the nearby neighborhood and a dozen homes with those shake shingles caught fire. I've never seen a fire spread like that around here.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:10 PM
 
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I was at 119th and Blackbob at 3:31. I had just gotten in my car and looked at the clock to see if I had missed news and weather (there was a fatality accident on 635 and I was wanting to hear an update on that). Then I saw the black smoke. I drove through Starbucks drive-through just east of Blackbob and as I did, fire trucks went east on 119th. I then went east on 119th and turned north on Quivira and by the time I was almost to College Blvd it had gone from some black smoke to a wall of flames that were much higher than the trees that would have blocked my view. So it went from just starting to engulfed in flames within 10-15 minutes.
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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It started in unfinished apartments, and I wonder if because they were unfinished, no one caught the blaze until it had become a large event. Add to that the wind, the lack of flame retardants like no exterior walls or drywall, and you have a recipe for disaster. I couldn't believe how easily the fire spread. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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There were construction workers on site when it started. What I have heard is that there was welding being done at the time the fire started, but they haven't said that was definitely the cause.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:00 PM
 
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There were construction workers on site when it started. What I have heard is that there was welding being done at the time the fire started, but they haven't said that was definitely the cause.
Oh wow, that's impressive that the blaze escalated so quickly. I figured no one was around.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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Yes, welders were definitely on site, and a welding torch likely caused the fire according to OPFD.

http://fox4kc.com/2017/03/21/investi...ent-not-arson/
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Investigators announced this afternoon that it was accidentally ignited by a welder, per the Star's most recently posted update.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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Investigators announced this afternoon that it was accidentally ignited by a welder, per the Star's most recently posted update.
Yep. They held a news conference at 6:00, about 15 minutes after I posted, and announced the cause.

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