Firefighters battle house fire in Overland Park

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Firefighters in Overland Park battled a smoky, three-alarm fire in a duplex near 121st Street and Nall Avenue Sunday evening.

No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out about 6 p.m., according to Overland Park Fire Department spokesperson Jason Rhodes. However, the fire was elevated to three-alarm status so that a sufficient number of firemen would be on hand to relieve those battling the blaze in near-100-degree temperatures, Rhodes said in a news release. Both the Overland Park and Leawood fire departments responded to the home.

The first units on the scene found heavy fire showing from the roof. All residents of the duplex were reported to have gotten out safely. Fire crews entered the building and began putting water on the blaze, but quickly had to adopt a defensive posture and fight the fire from outside when the roof began to collapse.

Rhodes noted the high smoke levels were likely due to the shake shingle roof of the duplex. Embers from the blaze spread to a home immediately north of the duplex, but that flare-up was quickly extinguished by the crews on scene.

The initial 9-1-1 call indicated the fire started in a grill on the deck of the duplex and spread to the roof, but that has not yet been confirmed, and the fire's cause remains under investigation.

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