OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Multiple people were injured in a Tuesday afternoon fire at an apartment complex, including one police officer.
Three people were injured, with one of them suffering critical injuries while two refused treatment, emergency officials said. A fourth person, an Overland Park police officer, was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Ten apartment units were burned, and 15 families lost their belongings and homes.
One resident who did not want to be identified said he heard people yelling.
"I looked out the peephole of my front door and saw nothing but black smoke," he said.
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The fire began at around 12:40 p.m. at the the Metcalf 56 apartments near the intersection of 56th Terrace and Floyd Street. Many of the firefighting crews left the complex before 2 p.m., with a few remaining to put out embers.
On Wednesday, the Overland Park Fire Department released a statement saying they believe a gas line that feeds fireplaces in the building was turned on Tuesday.
"Gas from that line somehow escaped and found an ignition source in a furnace in one of the apartments, causing an explosion and fire," the statement read.