Fireworks caused fire at Independence apartments: officials
An investigation into the July 4 fire at Cedar Brook apartments in Independence that caused extensive damage to vehicles and buildings found fireworks were to blame, city officials said Thursday.
Firefighters were dispatched around 11:19 p.m. Monday to the apartment complex in Block 600 of Quail Creek Drive, officials said. Arriving firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from a carport that was spreading towards nearby apartment buildings.
Crews remained on site until the early hours of Tuesday morning, officials said. No injuries were reported.
In the aftermath, at least six vehicles were destroyed and several others were damaged. Apartment buildings and nearby trees were also damaged.
Fire Chief Doug Short said in a statement Thursday that firefighters were tasked with responding to 400 calls for service, including eight structure fires, over a five-day period that included the holidays.
The chief added that the spate of incidents reminds residents to use fireworks in a safe manner by ensuring debris is properly disposed of, throwing them away from structures and following the instructions provided on the packages. .
Short also noted that the recent high volume of reports far exceeds the average for the rest of the year, saying the work has strained the department and its employees amid a dangerous heat wave felt in the Kansas City subway.
“It challenged our firefighters as they battle back-to-back blazes and triple-digit heat indices outside the blaze,” Short said. “Additionally, it delayed the conclusions of investigations, as our fire inspectors had to examine several sites in a short time.”
The information released Thursday by officials was part of the preliminary findings gathered so far. Officials said the fire was still under investigation.
This story was originally published July 7, 2022 8:58 p.m.