KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A fire at the Hyde Park Apartments near Broadway and 36th Street Monday afternoon left 16 people without a home, according to a Red Cross spokesperson.
"When he heard that alarm, he was screaming and crying," Helen Thomas said.
The Red Cross opened their doors two blocks down. Of the 16 victims, 9 needed shelter, including Thomas and her one-year-old grandson.
"I had to put everything on him to try and keep him warm. I put some pants on him, two shirts," she said.
Firefighters said the blaze started on the fourth floor but it was the sprinklers that caused damage to apartments all the way down to the first floor.
"The original call that we got, we were told that it was under control and that we weren't needed and then they didn't realize they couldn't shut down the sprinkler system. They needed us to return to do that," John Baker with the Kansas City Fire Department said.
Everyone grabbed what they could in the few minutes they had, like medications and extra clothes. The shelter will provide a bed, showers and food until everyone can go back home, but no one knows how long that will be.
"There is a first time for everything. This is the first time I've ever been in a shelter," Thomas said.