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Leawood house fire causes $1.5M in damages to home of Sporting KC owner, co-founder of Cerner Cliff Illig

Leawood Fire Department
Posted at 3:48 PM, Feb 17, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Leawood Fire Department (LFD) responded to a house fire Saturday morning that caused approximately $1,500,000 in total damages to the home of Cliff Illig, a member of Sporting Kansas City's ownership group.

A Sporting Kansas City spokesperson confirmed with KSHB 41 News Sunday that the home belonged to Illig, who co-founded Cerner Corporation, the Kansas City-area health information technology company that was purchased by Oracle in 2021.

The Illigs were traveling out of town at the time of the house fire, according to the spokesperson.

LFD dispatched around 7:20 a.m. to the 11500 block of Pawnee Circle on a reported house fire. The first crew on the scene reported finding heavy fire coming from the rear of the residence.

Multiple crews, including mutual aid from Overland Park Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act, worked to extinguish the fire.

The fire was brought under control by 8:59 a.m. and was considered fully extinguished by 10:56 a.m., per LFD.

All occupants made it out of the residence safely. One firefighter suffered a minor injury while working the fire.

A cause has not yet been determined.

Initial investigation efforts estimate a loss of $1,000,000 to the structure and $500,000 to contents, according to LFD.

Editor’s Note: KSHB 41 News tried to respond to the scene but found the house lies within a gated community.

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