1 injured in apartment fire near 41st and Mission in KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - One person is suffering burns on 20-30 percent of his body after a three-story apartment fire on Monday afternoon.

The fire started on the second floor and burned through to the third floor at the complex near 41st and Mission Road in Kansas City, Kan.

Sherry Ponce lives on the third floor of the apartment building. She said she ran into the hall to see what was going on after hearing a loud pop.

"I could see smoke coming from his door and there was another neighbor trying to get the door open. He finally got it open and the man inside managed to crawl out. He was burned and we carried him downstairs to get help," Ponce said 

Frances Payne lives on the second floor in the building.

"I had just returned home and I heard screaming and the smoke alarms were going off," said Payne. "When I went back upstairs, the man was screaming and he was burned waist up and it was bad."

Both neighbors said a couple in the building is planning to get married and their apartment was full of wedding stuff that is now burned.

Residents were standing out in the cold with blankets covering their shoulders when the Red Cross arrived to help provide temporary shelter and help residents begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

The Red Cross is helping 19 adults and 11 children affected by the fire.

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