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Unattended tea kettle blamed in Overland Park fire that injured 2 OPPD officers

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 18:12:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 5 p.m. | Investigators believe an unattended tea kettle was the cause of the blaze.

EARLIER | Two Overland Park Police officers suffered minor smoke inhalation injuries in connection to an apartment fire Friday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., Overland Park firefighters were called to an apartment fire near west 117th Street and Sterns Avenue.

Initial reports indicated no one was injured as part of the fire, however a spokesperson said the two officers were transported to a hospital for treatment.

An Overland Park Fire Department spokesperson said that firefighters needed more than an hour to control the fire, an effort made more complicated by "excessive contents piled in front of the doors and windows."

The resident was not in the apartment at the time of the fire and was later located unharmed.

The spokesperson said eight people were displaced in nearby apartments.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.