Residents evacuated after roof collapses at KCK apartment complex

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Tenants at the Mission Manor Apartment building in Kansas City, Kan., said their roof started to cave in Thursday, but the building wasn't evacuated until Friday afternoon.

Mercadi Barot was in her third unit apartment when she heard the roof starting to crack. 

"It actually started collapsing (Thursday) in our old apartment," Barot said. "(The manager) just moved us across the hall."

Friday afternoon, a large part of the roof collapsed, and the building was evacuated. No one was hurt, but Barot said the manager took a huge risk by having tenants stay in the building.

"They should have evacuated us yesterday. It would have been a lot safer," Barot said. "We could have gotten all of our stuff out."

She and her husband grabbed what they could and then had to leave, but her neighbor Jose Orellana had to leave most of his stuff behind.

"We have like furniture, like electronics things, everything, my kids stuff, everything. We cannot take nothing from them," Orellana said.

Nine of the building's 12 units were occupied, and all tenants are having to find a new place to stay.

Utilities have been shut off at the complex. A structural engineer will determine whether the building is safe.

Firefighters said the roof needs to be fixed and inspected before anyone is allowed to move back in.

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