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1 person hospitalized after fire at KCK retirement home

Posted at 7:37 AM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 08:37:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A high-rise retirement home in Kansas City, Kansas, had to be evacuated early Monday morning because of a fire on the fourth floor. 

Fire crews responded to the fire just before 1 a.m. Monday on 3100 Powell Avenue. 

"When we opened the door, the smoke just smothered us and then we couldn't hardly breath," said Rita Williams, who was visiting a friend at Crosslines Retirement Center when they both smelled smoke. 

"We found out that the fire started, like I said, on the fourth floor ... The guy, they brought him down the steps and he was completely black with soot all over him," said Williams. 

One person was hurt but is expected to recover.

"All I can say is that we thank god that we got everybody out and that everybody is fine and everybody is ok," said Williams.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. People living in the high rise were able to go back inside after the fire was contained.