Dry, windy weather creates increased fire danger

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Fire investigators in Kansas City, Kan., are trying to determine what caused a large townhouse fire Wednesday morning.

It happened just after 2 a.m. in the 1700 block of N. 73rd Street.

The fire caused part of the roof to collapse on a townhome.

Kansas City, Kansas Firefighters say luckily it wasn't as cold Wednesday morning, so firefighters didn't have to worry as much about their equipment freezing.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters warn we are experiencing perfect conditions for fire. 

The Overland Park Fire Department says the dry, windy winter weather likely caused more than 15 brush fires in Johnson County in the past week.
               
Firefighters say if you are grilling, make sure to completely put out the fire.

If you smoke, do not flick cigarettes out of your car.

In the past week, both of those things have caused fires in Johnson County.

A house that caught fire at 129th and Switzer this week is believed to have been caused by careless smoking.

If you smoke, firefighters say to use sand or water to extinguish your cigarette.

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